RYA Coastal Skipper

2014-03-16 02.13.43

The 5 day RYA Coastal Skipper Course is a stepping stone between Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Coastal


This five-day course is for the more ambitious sail cruising skipper wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. On the course each candidate will skipper a passage in a variety of situations and learn more about safety, passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling and emergency situations. The course is taken in tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly. During the week you will skipper the yacht on a longer passage (25-50 miles), ideally in less or un-familiar waters than you already know. Our instructor will be on hand to guide you when required. We often mix Coastal Skipper Students with Competent Crew students (as there would not be time for everyone to skipper a suitable passage if the boat was all Coastal Skippers Candidates). It is also a great opportunity for the Competent Crews to experience some proper offshore or coastal yachting.

You will need to have have completed the Yachtmaster Theory course or have knowledge of navigation theory to this level before taking the RYA Coastal Skipper Course as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week. It is also preferable that you have completed the RYA Day Skipper practical Course.

The RYA Coastal Skipper course must be taken over 5 consecutive days.

Suggested minimum pre-course experience for Coastal Skipper:

  • 15 days on board
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 300 miles
  • 8 night hours
  • Boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper Practical Course
  • Yachtmaster Theory Certificate or navigation to the standard of the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased course
  • We recommend that you hold a VHF Licence


© Mid-Norway Sailing School AS 2018