RYA Yachtmaster Coastal


This advanced theoretical course in navigation and meteorology will help you to set out onto the open waters enabling you to make key decisions as a competent Yachtsman keeping the yacht safe and enjoyable as you set off on longer passages.

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Theory course is an advanced course in Chartwork, Navigation, Meteorology and Tides for candidates of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exams.


Pre-course requirements:

This course assumes knowledge of the RYA Day Skipper Theory and Practical Level and so ideally, we would like you to have at least the equivalent of Day Skipper in Sailing or Motor experience on a Yacht smaller than24m/72ft and smaller than 200gt, before allowing you to move on to the Coastal / Offshore Theory Modules.

Duration: 7 days

Course Fees Include:

Training material for the week, if applicable.

The use of books, tools and equipment necessary for training:

  • Calculator
  • Plotter
  • Divider
  • RYA Training Almanac (Southern Hemisphere)
  • South African List of Lights and Radio Signals
  • Symbols and Abbreviations used on South African Charts
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs)

We will also provide you with the following which you will be able to keep:

  • Personal Logbook
  • Yachtmaster Sailing School pen and pencil
  • 72-page blank quad exercise book
  • Blank almanac pages for theory.

You will have full use of RYA Reference Books and navigation equipment.

Course Fees Exclude:

  • Accommodation and meals for shore-based courses, time off and any time in Cape Town apart from when on board for a practical course.

Course Content includes:

  • Positions and circle of uncertainty
  • Magnetic compass
  • Tides and tidal streams
  • Buoyage and lights
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Secondary Ports
  • Electronic navigational aids/ echo sounders / logs and deck log
  • Meteorology and Weather forecasts
  • International Regulations for the Prevention at Collision at Sea
  • Safety at Sea
  • Conduct and behavior of vessels operating in or near conditions of restricted visibility
  • Passage Planning
  • Marine environment

Please note:

Students are required to bring the following on their first day with Yachtmaster Ocean Sailing School:

  • R1,500.00 CASH deposit /security for any loss or damage to yachts, equipment etc. At the end of your training, if no loss or damage has been noted, the deposit will be returned to you in cash.
  • R100 CASH deposit for a temporary access card to Royal Cape Yacht Club. Students are requested to make their way directly to the reception on their first day and pay the deposit and receive the card. At the end of your training, please return the card to Reception where the deposit will be returned to you.
  • Colour passport photographs for the following certificates: SRC Radio, RYA Day Skipper Practical, RYA Coastal Skipper Practical, Prep & Exam (x2), Commercial Endorsement Application, RYA Powerboat level 2.
  • A sleeping bag for practical courses, alternatively this can be ordered and purchased from Yachtmaster and will be ready for you on your arrival. Costs R500.
  • Foul weather clothing, for practical on-board courses, alternatively this can be ordered and purchased from Yachtmaster and will be ready for you on your arrival. (10% discount offered only to our booked students).

We recommend the following accommodation on shore:

  • Sunflower Stop Backpackers
  • Never@Home Backpackers
  • Atlantic Point Backpackers

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