RYA Coastal Skipper

RYA Coastal Skipper

RYA Coastal Skipper Course

A coastal skipper is a yachts person who has the ability to skipper a yacht in coastal waters by day or night.
 
During your RYA Coastal Skipper course we aim to put miles on the clock with the longer passages from our base in Brighton. You will plan and execute coastal passages along the South Coast of England, often with the Solent as a destination or even across to France. Students will have the chance to navigate and skipper by both day and night thus ensuring you are a confident skipper when you leave the boat. Skills and drills will also play an important part of the week, practiced until you feel confident about all manoeuvres.

The course criteria is:

  • Passage planning: Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capabilities of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy. Know customs procedures for most common circumstances.
  • Preparation for sea: Aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages, and can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks
  • Pilotage: Preparing a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations. Able to pilot a yacht by day and night.
  • Organisational and skipper skills: Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew, organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage, awareness of the significance of meteorological trends, aware of crew welfare and can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes.
  • Yacht handling under power: Able to control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power, including all berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide.
  • Yacht handling under sail: Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space, and capable of anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide.
  • Adverse weather conditions: Understanding of preparations for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds, and navigation in restricted visibility.
  • Emergency situations: Recovery of man overboard under power or sail, actions to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues.

Course Structure

  • All courses run 0900 till 1700
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions there is no requirement to stay onboard.
  • To reduce food preparation please bring a pack lunch for each day.
  • You will be involved in the planning of each day as this varies depending on the weather and tidal condition and it is an important skill to learn.
  • Some days you will be out to sea all day and anchor for lunch, or you might come into port to practice some parking.
  • There is a night experience that we normally run on the Sunday of the Part 2 weekend or the Wednesday of the Weekday course but this might change depending on the weather conditions.
  • Part of the course is to plan and execute a trip to another location and we have some excellent locations to practice these important skills.
  • The courses are mainly practical and very hands-on, learning to sail in an enjoyable and relaxed environment.

Course objective:

By the end of this course you will be able to skipper a yacht in coastal waters by day or night.

Number of places :

Weekday courses : Maximum of 5 people per course
Weekend courses : Maximum of 5 people per course

Prerequisite:

RYA Day Skipper & 15 days sea time (2 days as skipper) – 300 miles, 8 night hours.

Duration:

5 days.

Where:

Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP.

Availability:

Courses are run  from Febuary to the end of November. If you cannot find a date please contact us. Private tuition and own boat tuition is also available.
This RYA Coastal Skipper Course is also available in Barcelona

Booking:

Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 1 or email us.
If you cannot find a date please contact us. We also run the RYA Dayskipper from Barcelona
Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

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5 Consecutive Days

Maximum of 5 people per course

Typical Price: £599

Important - Please see our COVID-19 information before booking here
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Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina

Pontoon 6

Western Concourse

Brighton Marina

BN2 5UP

UK

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We have two centres in Brighton. This activity take place from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina DO NOT go to Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon. If you are taking a taxi please make this clear to the driver.

Finding Lagoon Watersports once you are in Brighton Marina

Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

To Brighton Marina by car

Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

By Bus

Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.

By Bike

Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to https://www.btnbikeshare.com for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.

On foot

Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.

By train 

The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk

By Air

Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.

What to Bring

  • Be prepared for changeable weather, bring plenty of layers
  • Quick drying clothes can be very practical, avoid jeans
  • There is limited space on board, only bring one large bag
  • Gloves for warmth and rope friction protection
  • Sunglasses, sunhat and suncream for summer months and woolly hats, thermals and layers for winter months
  • Deck boots and non-slip deck shoes or trainers that don’t mark
  • We can supply waterproofs for hire, Musto BR1s. You will need to order these in advance so we can have them ready for your arrival. If you have your own waterproofs, please bring them, they are a necessity
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and towel -  Currently no sleeping aboard due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Passport as you may go to France Currently no sleeping aboard due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • If you are worried or unsure whether you suffer from seasickness then pills and wrist-bands work well. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach and take tablets with breakfast if you have never been sailing on the sea before, sometimes the motion takes a while to get used to
  • The marina fees are not included and vary and are shared during the week. Please allow £25 for the week
  • To reduce food preparation please bring a pack lunch for each day.
  • RYA Coastal Skipper requires a photo with the certificate so please bring two passport photographs

 

Course Structure

  • All courses run 0900 till 1700
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions there is no requirement to stay onboard.
  • To reduce food preparation please bring a pack lunch for each day.
  • You will be involved in the planning of each day as this varies depending on the weather and tidal condition and it is an important skill to learn.
  • Some days you will be out to sea all day and anchor for lunch, or you might come into port to practice some parking.
  • There is a night experience that we normally run on the Sunday of the Part 2 weekend or the Wednesday of the Weekday course but this might change depending on the weather conditions.
  • Part of the course is to plan and execute a trip to another location and we have some excellent locations to practice these important skills.
  • The courses are mainly practical and very hands-on, learning to sail in an enjoyable and relaxed environment.

 

RYA Competent Crew Courses

 The RYA Competent Crew course is for beginner yacht sailors and those who would like to become an active member of the crew rather than just a passenger. This hands on course will teach you how to crew a yacht and on completion you should be able to assist in all the day to day duties onboard. :

This RYA Competent Crew Course will include:

  • Helmsmanship
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Essential safety procedures
  • Rules of the road
  • Meteorology
  • Man overboard
  • Manners & customs

 

Course Objective: These skills will enable you to become a valuable crew member. You will be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and be able to assist in all the daily routines. After completing your Competent Crew course you will have enough experince to embark upon your RYA Dayskipper Course.

Prerequisite: None

Course Information: The RYA Competent Crew courses are run either over three weekends or 5 days.

 


RYA Dayskipper Practical Course

RYA Day Skipper Course syllabus will cover:

  • Preparation For Sea
  • Deck Work
  • Navigation
  • Rules Of The Road
  • Maintenance & Repair Work
  • Emergency Situations
  • Engines
  • Yacht Handling Under Power & Sail
  • Passage Making
  • Night Cruising
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology

 

Changing Bookings

When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.

If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss.  We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.

We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.

Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.

Postponement by us due to Corona Virus

All bookings made after 23/03/2020 that cannot take place due to Corona Virus will be rescheduled, or a credit will be added to your account for the value of the payment made. The credit is valid for 2 years and can be used for any activities we offer including gift vouchers. No refunds will be given in any circumstances.

Course Cancellation Insurance
You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation though Guest First by calling 0345 90 80 101

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges
You may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :

• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit
• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.

The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:

• More than 4 weeks before course/event  –  90% discount on full brochure rates
• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates
• 13 days  – 72 hours before course/event –  50% discount on full brochure rates
• 72 hours or less  –  25% discount on full brochure rates

For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:

4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £20
2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50
3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100
24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather
On some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.

On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.
If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.

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