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About our Coastal Skipper Courses

There is not a RYA Shorebased or Theory course named ‘Yachtmaster’ or ‘Offshore Yachtmaster’. The Coastal Course is properly titled  ‘Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore‘ but we shall often refer to this as ‘Coastal’.

RYA Coastal Skipper is an advanced course covering Seamanship and Navigation. A Coastal Skipper should have the skills and knowledge needed to be in charge of a small yacht at Sea, by day or night, and to be able to use a range of navigation skills and to know the collision regulations.

Candidates should have completed the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased and Practical courses and preferably had other trips to Sea as well.

Coastal Skipper is a RYA course of two parts; first you should do the "Shorebased" part, and follow this with the Practical course. Upon completion of both, if you meet the other qualifying requirements, you may take the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore assessment examination. The Shorebased course is suitable for Motor Yachtsmen as well as those who prefer to go to Sea under sail.

Coastal Skipper Shorebased Course

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The Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course is normally done in a classroom, but equally it could be in your kitchen! This is a ‘theory’ course with examinations in Chartwork, Meteorology and the Collision Regulations.

We offer this course for you to complete in six full days. This will be hard work and you have to commit time to it. We believe that it is better for you if the days have a break between, maybe even a fortnight apart.

If you have asked us to supply your course when we have not one planned, we will have to agree a timetable with you that also suit us!

Buy RYA Navigation Handbook at the RYA Shop
Buy the RYA Navigation Handbook at the RYA Shop
There are fifteen exercises to be completed as ‘course work’. You will need to find an additional hour (and maybe as much as 4 hours) for each exercise, depending on your experience.

You may need to complete at least three of these exercises between each of our teaching sessions. You will want them all marked and back to you, before you sit the final assessments.

Where we run this course will depend upon the numbers of people enrolling. If we need to rent space, as a classroom, this is most likely to be in the suburbs of Leicester (at no extra cost to you)

For the teaching fee we quote you, you’ll get the 40 hours teaching time, your coursework marked with feedback and e-mail support, tea or coffee with biscuits at each session, the examinations and when successful, the course certificate. In addition you will also have to pay for the practice charts, and the RYA course note book. This assumes you already have a copy of the current ‘Training Almanac’, which we can source if you need one.

We will be able to offer you a ‘Navigators Kit’ consisting of a pair of dividers, a Bretton or Portland Plotter, a 2B pencil and an eraser, if you want one.

Buy RYA Weather Handbook- Northern Hemisphere at the RYA Shop
The RYA Weather Handbook suits the Coastal course
Buy A Seaman's Guide to The Rule of the Road at the RYA Shop
There are lots of books about the Collision Regulations
at the RYA Shop
You will need to provide an A4 ring folder for your notes, note paper, a pen, a calculator a pencil sharpener and your lunch on each day!

To find the teaching fees and other costs for our current planned courses and to find out how to enrol, click the link: Course Costs.


The Coastal Skipper Practical Course involves spending a minimum of 5 days on a yacht, with an instructor. You do lots of advanced yacht handling and put into practice all of the navigation, safety, pilotage and seamanship things that you learned in your Shorebased course. We can also help arrange your practical course under sail.

The Yachtmaster Coastal assessment examination may be taken immediately after the practical course. If you complete the practical course, you need a total of 400nM logged before you can take the exam. For more info about exams, go to this RYA link.
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