RYA Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster Practical Course

The Coastal Skipper practical course is an advanced skippering course for yachtsmen and women who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation. Candidates who successfully complete this course are encouraged to sit the RYA Yachtmaster exam.

An RYA Yachtmaster needs a wealth of knowledge and skills – not only to cope with plain sailing but also to be able to cope when things go wrong. Most skippers will tell you that this experience is gained not by sailing thousands of miles on passage, but by skippering yachts close to land, by day and night and in poor visibility; dealing with complex situations such as boat handling at close quarters, navigation in shoal waters in and out of harbours – and the negotiation of busy shipping channels. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge to become a Yachtmaster. The course, like the Day Skipper, consists of skippered passages by each of the trainees in a whole variety of situations. It is a challenging but very rewarding course, taught aboard our Beneteau 40′ and 47.7′ yachts.

Coastal Skipper Practical Course Details

In order to undertake this course you should have completed the RYA Dayskipper practical course plus and Coastal Skipper shorebased course or equivalent. The recommended sea time is 20 days, including 2 days as skipper, 300 nautical miles and 8 night hours. After the course, you will be able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night.
On completion of this course you may be ready to sit for the RYA Coastal or Offshore Yachtmaster exam. Sea time requirements for the Coastal Yachtmaster certificate is reduced for holders of the Coastal Skipper certificate. The exam is separate to the course, and the examiner cannot be someone who has trained you. If you are successful in the exams, Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster qualifications are accepted by NSW Roads and Maritime as commercial qualifications to skipper yachts.
This Coastal Skipper course is taught as a 5 day live-aboard offshore course for the cost of $1495 + $15 for log book. This amount includes all meals on board, insurance, safety equipment, use of wet weather gear. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper certificate. The next step is the RYA Yachtmaster exam.
We are running a Yachtmaster Celestial / Ocean Navigation course in late May – ask for more details.

Coastal Skipper Practical Course Syllabus

  • Collision regulations
  • Safety aspects
  • Boat handling and berthing
  • Person overboard
  • Anchoring and towing
  • Gear failure
  • GPS
  • Ability as skipper
  • Preparation for sea
  • Preparation for adverse weather
  • Passage planning and passage Making
  • Emergency and distress situations
  • Pilotage and port entries
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