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RYA Coastal Skipper Courses

A coastal skipper is a yachtsman or woman 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. 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.  Weather permitting we include an offshore passage to France.  Skills and drills will also play an important part of the week, practiced until you feel confident about all manoeuvres.

Below is the course criteria:

  • 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.

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

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

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

RYA Coastal Skipper Combined Course with Lagoon Watersports

The Coastal Skipper combined course means you can complete your Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory and your Coastal Skipper Practical course.  When booked together as part of this combined package you will benefit from a large discount, as well as being able to choose a one day theory course, either Diesel MaintenanceVHF or First Aid.

The Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster RYA Theory Course provides advanced training for experienced skippers that builds on the knowledge gained on the Day Skipper theory course.  It is aimed at those who are looking to execute complex sailing passages offshore or at night. This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

The RYA Coastal Skipper syllabus covers the following:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tides, secondary ports, streams, anomalies
  • IRPCS Lights, day shapes, sound signals
  • Pilotage and navigation in restricted visibility
  • Electronic aids to navigation
  • Advanced meteorology; interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems and predictions through observations and use of barometer
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

Experience: You will need to have a good grasp of all subjects covered by the Day Skipper shore-based course, and also of collision regulations.

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical 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. 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. Weather permitting we include an offshore passage to France.  Skills and drills will also play an important part of the week, practiced until you feel confident about all manoeuvres.

The course content includes: 

  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Passage making
  • Pilotage
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht Handling Under Power & Sail
  • Adverse Weather

Course Objective: You will be able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night.

Prerequisite: 15 days at sea (including 2 as skipper) 800 logged miles that include at least 8 night hours

The Coastal Skipper Course is also available in Barcelona

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RYA Coastal Skipper Course

The course content includes:

  • Passage Planning
  • Preparation For Sea
  • Passage Making
  • Pilotage
  • Emergency Situations
  • Yacht Handling Under Power & Sail
  • Adverse Weather

Course Objective: You will be able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night.

Prerequisite: 15 days at sea (including 2 as skipper) 800 logged miles that include at least 8 night hours

This RYA Coastal Skipper Course is also available in Barcelona

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Fantastic instructor on the boat and great person off the boat. Karl made the Day skipper course pleasurable to do.

Andy

Jason was an excellent teacher who we requested for the Part 2 of our Competent Crew. We had the most enjoyable weekend and both feel we have leant a lot!

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