RYA Coastal Skipper - Practical

RYA Coastal Skipper Course (Tidal)

The RYA Coastal Skipper course is suitable for more advanced skippers who have a practical ability to RYA Day Skipper level, a  knowledge of; navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, safety and passage planning up to RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster shore based standard; and have logged a minimum of 15 days onboard (2 days as skipper), 8 night hours and 300 miles. Additional mileage attained on the course will count towards the minimum pre exam requirements.

The course concentrates on the techniques and skills required to skipper a yacht on passages involving more complex decision making, cruise planning, navigation, and pilotage. A passage of longer duration, with particular emphasis placed on watch keeping techniques will usually be undertaken to demonstrate how to manage the yacht on such a passage.

In addition, you will be given the opportunity to improve your close quarters boat handling skills under power and sail. Preparation of the yacht for heavy weather cruising and navigation in restricted visibility is also discussed and practised. By the end of this course the successful Coastal Skipper will have sufficient knowledge to skipper a yacht safely on long coastal and offshore passages by day and night, in both tidal and non-tidal waters.

5 Days - RYA course completion certificate.

Pre-course experience:

15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 nautical miles and 8 night hours on board a cruising yacht

Assumed theoretical knowledge: Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster shore based course completion certificate or the equivalent knowledge of someone who has attended the course

Minimum age: 17

Teaching ratio on board 5:1

Not included in the course fee: Although accommodation is provided onboard, the mooring fees are split between the students. Wet weather jackets & salopettes are available to hire for £7.50 per day. A selection of accompanying course books & logbooks are available to purchase.

Students should allow for one evening meal ashore on a five day course. All other catering including three evening meals are provided onboard. 




RYA Coastal Skipper Training Centre

Coastal Skipper Practical Course Syllabus - Tidal

The aim of the course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. 

1. Passage planning

  •           Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
  •           Knows Customs procedures 

2. Preparation for sea

  •           Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages
  •           Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks 

3. Pilotage

  •           Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations
  •           Can pilot a yacht by day and night

4. Passage making and ability as skipper

  •           Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew.
  •           Can organise the navigation, clockwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage
  •           Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
  •           Is aware of crew welfare on passage
  •           Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes 

5. Yacht handling under power

  •           Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
  •           All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide 

6. Yacht handling under sail

  •           Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
  •           Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
  •           Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing 

7. Adverse weather conditions

  •           Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
  •           Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility 

8. Emergency situations

  •           Recovery of man overboard under power and sail
  •           Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues

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