The RYA Coastal Skipper combined course will enable you to skipper a yacht safely on much longer coastal and offshore passages by day and night. Successful completion positions you perfectly to start notching up the 60 mile passages you'll need if you're aiming for the RYA Yachtmaster qualification.
Considerable knowledge of sailing is essential for longer passages. As a result, to book this course you must have 15 days sailing (including 8 night hours) - ideally RYA Day Skipper. Doing the practical certificate straight after the theory gives excellent continuity and enables you to share the whole Coastal Skipper journey with others of a like mind.
What‘s covered on this course?
RYA Coastal Skipper Theory:
You’ll begin the course by spending 6 days in our Gibraltar classroom learning advanced navigational and meteorology. Consideration for potential issues associated with longer passages - including appropriate management of all aspects of your yacht to maximise crew comfort and safety. At the end of the this 40 hour course you will be well prepared to take the RYA coastal Skipper theory tests.
RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (tidal):
After completing the theory element, you’ll join our training yacht to put it all into practice over the next five days.
You'll be encouraged and trained how to take the advanced navigational techniques learnt during the theory course and apply them with high level of confidence and accuracy. You will also be asked to plan a longer passage and execute it – demonstrating your ability to take practical command on the water.
We will assess your passage planning, crew leadership and seamanship skills. You'll use electronic navigation, undertake pilotage by night and consider longer range weather forecasts.
A Coastal Skipper must be good at boat handling too, so you will get lots of practice mooring the yacht in various conditions. Additionally, while currently not part of the RYA syllabus, we feel it essential that a Coastal skipper has experience of downwind sailing, so wherever possible we will pole out headsails and make use of a spinnaker.
At the end of this course you will have the opportunity to take the Yachtmaster Coastal examination on the final Saturday or to simply crew for the other candidates and still obtain the RYA Coastal Completion certificate. Bear in mind if you are considering professional qualifications the Yachtmaster Coastal certificate is the first step!
What experience do I need?:
RYA Day Skipper or equivalent knowledge (Min 15 days sailing and 8 night hours).
- Accommodation on board throughout the course
- Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals – during the practical course
- Waterproof clothing
- Bedding and towels
- Safety equipment
- Mooring fees & Fuel
- All charts and publications.
Upon successful completion of the combined course you'll be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Theory and Practical (tidal) certificates.
Various Dates 09:00 Onwards. 11 Day Course.
Course Cost: £1299.00
Being a qualified Coastal Skipper will allow you to charter yachts all around the world and sail within the charter company's specified range from a safe haven.
Once you’ve completed this course, experience is likely to be the only thing standing between you and the RYA Yachtmaster qualification. You may want to consider a Mile-building Adventure or a Yachtmaster preparation week.