RYA Coastal Skipper
Advanced Sailing Courses
5 Days (Sat - Wed)

RYA Coastal Skipper – Prices from £440

The aim of the Coastal Skipper Course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.


Reserve Your PlaceCourse DatesWhat To Expect On Your Course
It is assumed that those attending will be competent sailors with a good knowledge of the theory of navigation and meteorology and will already have a level of experience approaching to the suggested minimum pre course experience.

On this course you will look at all aspects of skippering a yacht on longer passages, you will plan and execute passages taking it in turns to adopt the role of skipper with your fellow students.

Through a process of practical instruction and detailed debriefing sessions you will learn from your experienced instructor as well as from the experiences of the other people onboard.

£630 or £440 if you are happy to share an accommodation space

As part of the course and weather permitting you will undertake a longer passage as well as practice mooring in a variety of challenging conditions. Students who have successfully completed the Coastal Skipper course are awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Completion certificate.

Please note that this is not the same as the Yachtmaster Coastal which is a certificate of competence awarded after a short examination.

Pre-course experience 15 days sea time (2 days as skipper) 300 miles 8 night hours 5 Days sea time
Minimum Age 17
Assumed Knowledge Navigation to Coastal Skipper shore based standard Sailing ability to Day Skipper practical standard
Course Content Skippering techniques Passage planning
Ability after course Skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day & night
Course duration 5 Days

Splash-Layout-rya-start-yachting-courseMost sailing schools will place up to 5 students on a course which inevitably means that students have to share a cabin. In our view this is less than ideal and for most people the concept of sharing a relatively confined accommodation space is not agreeable and detracts from the overall enjoyment of the course.

Therefore all our courses are based on providing students with their own cabin* and as such are priced accordingly. If you are happy to share a sleeping area then we can offer you a 30% discount.

BeneteauOceanis-343-layout-rya-start-yachting-course*The saloon is classed as a sleeping area. Exact sleeping arrangements are worked out with the instructor at the start of your course depending on the mix of crew.

Accommodation Options (Click here)

5 Day Week (Saturday – Wednesday) £630 own sleeping area £440 if you are happy to share a sleeping area. Maximum 4 persons per course
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Start times Friday 1900 – Wednesday 1600

What is included

  • Accommodation onboard.
  • Mooring Fees.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and soft drinks.
  • Most evening meals are taken ashore at the students cost. (We provide one evening meal for the night sail)
  • Course completion certificate.

Beneteau-Oceanis-343-Sailing-rya-start-yachting-courseSplash-Alongside-rya-start-yachting-courseOur principal training yachts are a Dufour 385, a Beneteau Oceanis 37 and a Dufour 365. These are some of the most popular modern production yachts on the market today and offer excellent handling and sailing performance. Fully equipped to the required standards they also boast some additional inventory to add to your enjoyment & comfort onboard.

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