RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Pre Exam Requirements

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Pre Exam Requirements

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

An RYA Yachtmaster Coastal skipper has the knowledge needed to https://www.universalyachting.com/courses/rya-yachtmaster-course/ skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.

Our 5 Day Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper prep courses are designed to cover all the areas that you are likely to be examined on. They are ideal preparation and will certainly increase your chances of passing.

The exam will include an assessment of your

  • Skippering skills
  • Boat handling
  • General seamanship
  • Navigation
  • Safety awareness
  • Knowledge of the IRPCS
  • Meteorology
  • Signals

Pre exam requirements

Before taking the exam candidates must be aged 17 or over


  • 800 miles logged within 10 years prior to examination,
  • 30 days living on board,
  • 2 days as skipper and 12 night hours.

For holders of the Coastal Skipper Practical Course Completion Certificate, the seatime requirement is reduced to:

  • 400 miles,
  • 20 days living on board,
  • 12 night hours,
  • 2 days as skipper.

Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters

In addition candidates must hold the following…

  • Radio Operator’s Qualification – A Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator’s Certificate or a GMDSS Short Range Certificate or higher grade of marine radio certificate.
  • First Aid – A valid First Aid Certificate. First Aid qualifications held by Police, Fire and Armed Services are also acceptable.

Exam Duration – The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal exam will take about 6 to 10 hours for one candidate and 8 to 14 hours for two. Candidates will be set tasks to demonstrate their ability as a Coastal Skipper and may also be asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all practical and shorebased courses up to Coastal Skipper.

Full details on the RYA’s Website.

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