What is involved in an RYA Coastal Skipper Course?

The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course is not a beginner’s course. It is therefore suggested that you have at least 15 days sea-time, two of these days as skipper, having covered 300 miles with eight night hours, before you enrol.

The course is a satisfying but intensive 5-days, with many candidates working towards the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence. Successful completion of the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course means you have the knowledge and understanding, although not necessarily the experience, to be examined for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Coastal Certificate of Competence.
The course builds on the RYA Day Skipper course but the emphasis starts to lean more towards longer passages. Weather systems and their effects on passage planning are considered in greater detail as is crew and boat management.

For this reason, we recommend that candidates first study for and pass the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory course and have sufficient time on the water to give them both experience and the confidence that comes from it.

Many holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence choose to prepare for and take the RYA’s external examination, Yachtmaster Coastal. The eligibility requirements for taking the Yachtmaster™ Coastal exam are 30 days sea-time, including two as skipper, with 800 miles with 12 night hours (those holding a Coastal skipper course completion certificate have a partial reduction to the sea-time of 400 miles and 20 days at sea).

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