Coastal Skipper
Your next step from RYA Day Skipper

RYA Coastal Skipper

Your next step from 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!

What to expect

Busy but fun days – we have a large syllabus to get through so setting off by 9am is key, that means getting up early to have breakfast and preparing the boat for sea

Limited swim stops – although there will be times for a quick dip, you must remember you are on a course and we have limited time to get you through the syllabus. We don’t allow kayaks or paddleboards on courses as they get in the way when training

Provisioning – we recommend students to start a kitty between themselves at the beginning of the week, please remember the students are to provide food and water for your skipper during the course. We recommend provisioning the boat between you all for eating breakfast and lunch onboard, then plan on heading to a taverna in the evenings with maybe one evening meal being cooked aboard

Cabin arrangements – obviously there is a limited number of cabins, 2 or 3 on the training boats. Cabins are sold first come first served, with one cabin always reserved for our instructors. Please speak to the office when booking to see cabin availability

Your yacht will be in great condition and fully MCA coded for training

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How you can take the course.

Individual

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.

PRICES: FROM £660 PER PERSON, TO BOOK PLEASE GET IN TOUCH

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

Private

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

Email info@sailionian.com with your preferred dates for 2020.


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

Syllabus

Passage planning

Knowledge of

  • The effects of fouling on boat speed and fuel consumption

Understands

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

Can

  • 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

Understands

  • What safety equipment is required for offshore passages

Can

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

Can

  • 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

Understands

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

Can

  • 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

Can

  • 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

Can

  • 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

Understands

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

Can

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

Understands

  • 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

Can

  • 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.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age

17

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