I am often asked, ‘How do I progress after getting my RYA Dayskipper Certificate?’ The answer is simple, go sailing! Take a holiday in the Med, charter a boat or go on a flotilla. Join a local yacht club and sail with different skippers and maybe have a go at racing! Just get out on the water. The other option is to take your RYA Coastal Skipper. This is the next step up, on the RYA Cruising Scheme.
To gain your RYA Coastal skipper course you should first complete the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory and First Aid. You will also need your VHF license. After the shore based courses you will need to embark upon the 5 day RYA practical course onboard the yacht.
The RYA Coastal Skipper course will teach you how to handle a yacht at night, moor in any situation, how to deal with heavy weather and emergency situations. For example, sailing onto a pontoon inside a marina because your engine has broken down! Personally my favourite element of the course is sailing onto man overboards at night! After completing this course you will feel very comfortable navigating in unfamiliar waters, in more wind and maybe making those intrepid crossings to France! I found this course gave me the confidence to sail around the busy Solent, as it is very tidal and the navigation at night can be interesting especially if you are trying to find the prettier slightly hidden harbours! Once you have gained your RYA Coastal Skipper we at Lagoon Watersports will allow you to sail to France on your own in one of our boats!
We also offer the opportunity to go yacht racing from our site in Brighton Marina. It is a fantastic way to learn more about sailing, as our race skippers are RYA Instructors and will ensure a calm and fun learning environment, whilst being involved in some of the worlds top competitive races such as Cowes Week or the offshore races to France!