RYA Coastal Skipper

Become a trusted skipper!



Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence (such as the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore).

You should have theory knowledge equivalent to the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course beforehand as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster.

Before this course, it is advisable to take a Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course or to read and study The Complete Yachtmaster by Tom Cunliffe.

After the course, and if you have enough milage experience, you could aim for one of the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence(Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore).

Pre-course experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
Assumed Knowledge Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal
Minimum duration 5 days
Minimum age 17
Course content Passage planning
Preparation for sea
Passage making and ability as skipper
Yacht handling under power
Yacht handling under sail
Adverse weather conditions
Emergency situations
Ability after the course Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night