RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore

RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore

This is our second year course and covers offshore and coastal navigation, seamanship and meteorology and is for those wishing to explore the skills of skippering pleasure craft at sea.

Course type

A night school class on Wednesday evening each week (1915 hours to 2145 hours) for 24 weeks during the winter months, making a total of 60 hours of classes. However, you will need to do some homework as well!

If student enrolment numbers are low we may run this course intensively over a number of weekends, at a slightly increased cost.

Some seagoing experience is desirable.

It is important that only those with theory up to the level of Day Skipper enrol for this course. Extensive practical experience may be a suitable substitute but most students without Day Skipper theory will struggle with this advanced course. The biggest mistake made by students is enrolling on this course without suitable pre-course knowledge.

Successful students will be issued with an RYA ‘Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Course Completion Certificate’.

Equipment needed

In additional to the course fee an amount is payable for RYA training charts and for the course assessment pack. You will also need chart plotting instruments and a Training Almanac which will be available for you to buy at the start of the course.

Some syllabus headings

Seamanship: anchoring, rules of the road, safety at sea, signals, boat stability.

Meteorology: air masses, cloud types, frontal systems, local weather forecasting, interpreting a weather forecast.

Navigation: chart work including use of electronic charts, tides, ship’s compass, aids to navigation, satellite navigation systems, pilotage, log keeping, passage planning.

What do students say about this course?

“Tutor so enthusiastic and committed to getting that knowledge in your head” – Kim

“A thoroughly enjoyable experience, challenging, excellently presented” – Richard

“Good friendly feel, enjoyable time” – Matthew