RYA Coastal Skipper
This is an intensive but satisfying week where you will learn to become a confident skipper during coastal passages and in more demanding situations. The Coastal Skipper Practical course prepares those with previous skippering experience to undertake longer voyages.
To teach the sills and techniques to skipper a cruising yacht (7 - 15m LOA) safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.
5 days Sunday to Friday. Maximum 5 students per course.
Previous experience required
- 15 days aboard
- 2 days as skipper
- 300 miles logged
- 8 night hours
Knowledge of navigation to coastal skipper shorebased level
- Skippering techniques and navigation for coastal passages, advanced boat handling skills and pilotage
- Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills
The Coastal Skipper Practical course prepares those with previous skippering experience to undertake longer voyages.
During the course your instructor will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping and preparation for sea.
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 in a wide variety of situations.
You live aboard one of our yachts, Majosa or Thunderbolt, for the 5 days, visiting many different harbours and anchorages and have up to 4 hours night sailing.
Weather permitting the yacht may undertake a longer coastal passage.
- Accommodation on yacht
- All snacks & meals except one evening meal taken ashore
- Mooring fees
- Gas & fuel
- Use of lifejackets
- Free parking
- One evening meal (eaten ashore)
- Loan of waterproofs
Successful course outcomes
At the successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Coastal Skippers Course Completion Certificate and will have the ability to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently.