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Skipper at the wheel of a boat

RYA Coastal Skipper course

4 days


For the more ambitious skipper to improve their skills, take charge and learn to make full use of the boat on longer, more complex passages.


It is virtually essential to have attended the equivalent shore based course.

An important aspect of this course is learning to take command and made decisions resulting in relaxed, well-planned passages and a happy crew.


Become truly competent in your own vessel. This course provides comprehensive scope to ensure you are a confident skipper.


Don’t expect to coast through without making the occasional error – learn you strengths and weaknesses and gain knowledge from your mistakes. By the end of the course you should be ready to build on your experience and maybe work towards a Certificate of Confidence (see Yachtmaster on the left).


The course can be taken in tidal or non-tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.


It is assumed you will have boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper, a practical motor cruising course and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course. This course will allow you to be able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night.


The course consists of:

  • Passage planning,

  • Preparation for sea,

  • Pilotage,

  • Passage making and ability as a skipper,

  • Radar, boat handling,

  • Adverse weather conditions,

  • Emergency situations

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