RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Course

The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Course is is an advanced course to give confidence in navigating longer coastal passages  or as preparation for taking the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams. It requires knowledge equivalent to the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course and some practical experience is also recommended.

The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Course covers:

  • Advanced navigation techniques,
  • Tidal heights including detailed secondary port calculations
  • Tidal Streams
  • GPS and chart plotters
  • Meteorology
  • Passage planning
  • Collision regulations
  • Stability
  • Safety
You can view the full Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory syllabus here.

The standard course is run over 6 consecutive days or three weekends .  There will be three assessment papers to complete, the first is meterology, the second is chartwork and the third on the collision regulations.   We can also run this course to suit your individual needs (see the link to bespoke courses).

All equipment to complete the course will be provided.  You just need to bring a notepad. Tea and coffee is included and you can get lunch from the village which is a short walk away. 

To help our students after the course you will be provided with a Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster Theory post course revision pack together with a service to answer your queries by e-mail.

Course Requirements

RYA Day Skipper theory certificate or equivalent knowledge.
It is advisable torevise the Rules of the Road and chartwork in order to get the most out of the teaching time.

The course runs from 0900 to 1730 and includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

In order to obtain the Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Certificate you also need to hold the RYA VHF Radio Operators Certificate together with the RYA First Aid certificate.
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