Coastal Skipper Course
The Coastal Skipper Training Course is designed for advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.
This course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.
It is satisfying but intensive, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence. You will need to complete the Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course beforehand as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week.
Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster.
The coastal skipper is also the first start on the professional path as it can be commercially endorsed by the RYA / MCA.
- Pre-course experience: 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
- Assumed knowledge: Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore
- Minimum duration: 5 days
- Minimum age: 17
- Course content: Passage planning, preparation for sea, pilotage, passage making and ability as skipper, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, adverse weather conditions, and emergency situations
- Ability after the course: Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night
Our students at the end of the course must have the knowledge, not experience, to become a Yachtmaster™