RYA Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster Shorebased Course

This is a highly advanced and technical theory course recommended for experienced yachtsmen and women.

This is a comprehensive, advanced course in the theory elements of sailing including navigation, passage planning, tides, seamanship and meteorology. It is recommended that this course be completed either before, or at the same time as the Coastal Skipper practical course.

Course Details

To take this course you must first have completed the Day Skipper shorebased certificate or equivalent navigation and safety course, plus practical sailing experience. This course involves 40 hours of classroom tuition, either as a 3 hour evening class for 14 weeks, as a 5 day intensive course, or online. Instructor led courses are $1045, and the online course is available $625.
This fee includes the Coastal and Offshore Yachtmaster shorebased course kit which contains a Yachtmaster Handbook, RYA practice charts, sample exercises, practice navigation tables, chart plotter simulator, a soft lead pencil, sharpener and eraser. A plotter or parallel rule or similar and compasses are required for this course, we can supply for $50. Other RYA publications such as the Navigation handbook, Weather handbook, International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea are available to complement your learning.


  • Position fixing
  • Passage preparation and planning
  • Causes of tides and tidal anomalies
  • Pilotage
  • Restricted visibility
  • Port entries
  • GPS – advanced techniques
  • Customs regulations
  • Charter plotter
  • Raster and vector charts
  • Echo Sounders and logs
  • Magnetic compass
  • Radar fixes
  • Rising and dipping distances
  • Tidal curves
  • Computation of rates
  • Advanced meteorology
  • Collision regulations
  • Engineering
  • Safety at sea
  • Maintenance
  • Lights and light characteristics

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