RYA Coastal Skipper

RYA Coastal Skipper courses look at 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 RYA 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.

We recommend that you complete the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course beforehand. As with all our practical courses your theory knowledge will be put into practice on board. We will help you to brush up on your theory knowledge but there is insufficient time to teach the theory from scratch 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 RYA Yachtmaster™.

RYA Coastal SkipperSailing Course New ZealandPre-course experience:
  • 15 days,
  • 2 days as skipper,
  • 300 miles,
  • 8 night hours
Assumed knowledge:
  • Boat handling to the standard of RYA Day Skipper
  • Navigation to shorebased RYA Coastal Skipper level
Minimum duration:
  • 5 days
Minimum age:
  • 17yrs
Course content:
  • 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
Ability after the RYA course:

Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

Price: $1995 inc taxes.


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