Coastal Skipper
Your next step from RYA Day Skipper

The Coastal Skipper course teaches you the skills and techniques required to safely skipper a yacht on coastal or offshore passages by day or night. It is the ideal bridge between Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Coastal. This 5 day course provides a great opportunity to sail further afield within the Ionian, meet more challenging conditions and gain more experience in sail and power handling, passage planning and emergency situations. We require that you have boat handling abilities to Day Skipper standards and have completed the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory. There is no time during this practical course to be learning new theory.

How you can take the course.


Join a yacht with other people. We like to teach a maximum of 4 people at a time as we feel it gives you that extra attention and time from the instructor and also space on board the yacht.


Note: Cabin accommodation may be shared and saloon berths may be used


Charter a yacht for 7 days with partners, friends or family (Suggested Maximum 4 people). Training this way as a familiar small group gives more personalised tuition, more time in charge of the yacht and additional spaces and comfort.

Prices: See our Reservation page

Note: Skipper will require a cabin


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What you will learn

  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations


Passage planning

Knowledge of

  • The effects of fouling on boat speed and fuel consumption


  • Fuel consumption at different speeds and can calculate fuel required for a passage including reserve
  • Customs procedures
  • Stability


  • Plan coastal passage, taking into consideration the capability of the vessel, navigation, victualing, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy.
Preparation for sea


  • What safety equipment is required for offshore passages


  • Prepare a cruising vessel for sea, including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities, equipment and engine checks.


  • Prepare a pilotage plan, taking into consideration soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations, and tidal factors.
  • Pilot a cruising vessel by day and at night
Passage-making and Ability as a Skipper


  • The practical uses of integrated electronic aids to navigation, including AIS, radar, electronic navigational charts (ENC’S), and raster navigational charts (RNC’S)


  • Take charge of a yacht and direct crew
  • Organise the navigation, deck work and domestic duties of a cruising vessel on passage
  • Be aware of the significance of meteorological trends
  • Be aware of crew welfare on passage
  • Use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes
Yacht handling under power


  • Control the cruising vessel effectively in a confined space under power, including all berthing and unberthing situations in a variety of conditions
  • Avoid excessive use of power
Yacht handling under sail


  • Use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
  • Anchor and moor in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Sail effectively on all points of sail, including downwind techniques
Adverse weather conditions


  • How to handle a cruising vessel in strong winds
  • General conduct in restricted visibility


  • Prepare a cruising vessel for heavy weather
  • Navigate in restricted visibility
Emergency Situations


  • The actions to be taken when abandoning to a life raft, and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues
  • How to carry out the aftercare requirements on a casualty who has been in the water


  • Describe to a crew member the effects of cold-water shock on a casualty who has been in the water
  • Recover a man overboard under power and sail

Course Details

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This course is for individuals or families/groups.


Minimum age


  • Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory (strongly recommended)
  • 15 days at sea
  • 300 miles
  • 8 night hours
  • 2 days as skipper
  • Boat handling to the standard of RYA Day Skipper.

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