The Coastal Skipper Course is an advanced course focused on improving your skippering techniques.
It is intended for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.
This is not to be confused with the RYA Certificate of Competence – Yachtmaster Coastal.
Like the RYA Day Skipper practical course, the coastal skipper 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 a satisfying but intensive week, by the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the sailing miles logged to take the Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence.
Whilst there is no requirement to complete a shore based course before joining the practical course you will be expected to have a good understanding of advanced navigation techniques as there is insufficient time to teach you basic navigation skills during the week.
That said the skipper is there to help you though and will always work through any gaps in your knowledge during the 5 days.
RYA Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions.
Course Objective :- To teach the skills & techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal & offshore passages by day & night
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
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, Emergency situations
Ability after course :- Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night
Minimum Duration :- 5 Days
Next Steps :- Yachtmaster Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore Exam
Coastal Skipper Course – Syllabus
Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
Knows Customs procedures
Preparation for Sea
Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages
Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks
Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations
Can pilot a yacht by day and night
Passage making and ability as skipper
Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew
Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage
Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
Is aware of crew welfare on passage
Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and understanding a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes
Yacht handling under power
Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
Yacht handling under sail
Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing
Adverse Weather Conditions
Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility
Recovery of man overboard under power and sail
Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues
Full details of the Coastal Skipper Course can be found HERE.