Coastal Skipper Practical

This 6 day course is an ideal bridge between the Day Skipper course and the RYA Yachtmaster preparation and exam. The course is designed to give an experienced RYA Day Skipper the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which will involve sailing at night or involve watch keeping systems.


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Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. During the RYA Coastal Skipper course your instructor will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping, preparation for sea and handling heavy weather. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the yacht. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the yacht and have at least 4 hours night sailing. Weather permitting the yacht will undertake a longer coastal passage.

At the successful completion of the RYA Coastal Skipper course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate and will be able to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently.

Previous Experience Required:

Experienced RYA Day Skipper with a minimum 15 days aboard, 300 miles logged and 8 night hours. Completed the RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster theory course.


Coastal Skipper Practical Syllabus:

The aim of this course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal passages by day and night.

  1. Passage planning
  • Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht
  • Navigation
  • Victualling
  • Weather
  • Ports of refuge
  • Tidal heights and tidal streams
  • Publications required
  • Know Customs procedures
  1. Preparation for sea
  • Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages
  • Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks
  1. Pilotage
  • Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of surroundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.
  • Can pilot a yacht by day and night
  1. Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew
  • Can organise the navigation, deckwork, and domestic duties of a yacht on passage
  • Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
  • Is aware of crew welfare on passage
  • Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes
  1. Yacht handling under power
  • Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
  • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  1. Yacht handling under sail
  • Characteristics
  • Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
  • Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing
  1. Adverse weather conditions
  • Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
  • Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility
  1. Emergency situations
  • Recovery of man overboard under power and sail
  • Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues


16:00 Saturday until approximately mid to late morning Friday. Students may stay on board until Saturday morning by arrangement, please advise the office when making your booking

What’s Included:

Accommodation on board, Bedding, Towels, Safety Equipment, Tuition, Logbook, Certification.

Not Included:

Transit Log & Fuel (compulsory) £180 per boat shared between students,  food & drink,  travel to/from venue, Turkish visa, Instructors food and drink  (to be provided at students expense)

Next Step:

At this stage of the RYA scheme it is really worthwhile consolidating what you have learnt by completing more sea miles. This could be achieved by chartering a yacht from us, joining a distance cruise or mile builder or just coming along for another week or weekend of refresher /consolidation training.  Following this you should look to joining the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Preparation week followed by the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster examination.

Additional information


Per Person, Based On Cabin Share, Per Boat, 4 Person Maximum