RYA Coastal Skipper Course

For those looking to explore beyond the horizon and skipper a yacht by both day and night then this is an excellent course. It is not a beginners course by far and you are required to have completed the Day Skipper course or have over 200 sea miles and 8 night hours logged with several days as skipper.

The RYA Coastal Skipper Course is a challenging course. It is designed to teach you all the skills you need to sail along the coast for multiple days. This will involve making a safe passage by both day and night as well as even more challenging manoeuvres under sail, including MOB under sail as well as anchoring and mooring under sail. All in all you will be a very competent skipper. If you feel ready you can sit the coastal skipper exam.


* Learn to safely command a yacht on longer passages,

*A great course to do be for a Yachtmaster exam,

* Benefit from the experienced instructor on board,

* Minimum 5 days sailing,

* Can be done over weekends,

* The course can be done at several tidal locations all over the world.


Pre-course experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
Assumed knowledge Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal
Minimum duration 5 days
Minimum age 17
Ability after the course Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night


Course Syllabus

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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

Preperations 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


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

Passage Making 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

Yacht Handling Under Power

Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power

All berthing and un berthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide

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

Adverse Weather

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

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


Next Step

Once you’ve completed the Coastal Skipper course you can choose to progress up to do either the Yachtmaster Coastal exam or even go for the Offshore exam.



You can do the RYA Coastal Sailing Course in a range of locations. Close to home you can take a course in the Solent, UK. However if you’re looking for a bit of warm weather and all year round nice sailing then head for the Canaries or Gibraltar. You can also head over to Thailand and Malaysia for an exotic course and holiday