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RYA Coastal Skipper

5 day: £1,380.00

RYA Coastal Skipper Motor

This course will assess and build on your ability to skipper your Motor Cruiser on offshore passages by day and night.

Suggested Previous Experience

Your cruising ability should be up to Day Skipper practical with a minimum logged experience of;

  • 15 days including at least 2 days as skipper
  • 300 miles at sea
  • 12 night hours.

Your knowledge of coastal navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of the current Coastal Skipper shorebased. You should hold  valid First Aid and VHF operator's certificates.


Included in the course:

  • Accommodation & meals on board
  • Fuel & mooring fees
  • Safety equipment






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Course Content

You will be assessed over the full RYA Examination syllabus including safety, advanced skippering techniques, offshore navigation and passage making.

If you wish to take the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence Exam please find the details here.



The RYA Coastal Skipper Practical tidal course certificate and the recommendation appropriate for the RYA International Certificate of Competence together with advice on the correct MCA Practical Examination to aim for.


Commercial Endorsement

To get this Commercial Endorsed in order to work on board a commercial craft subject to the MCA's codes of practice, you will also need;

  • Current Sea Survival Certificate
  • Medical - ML5 or ENG1
  • Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) certificate

For more infromation on PPR click here.


Available to Hire

  • Wet Weather gear - Musto Waterproofs - £30.00 for the week.
  • 'Comfort Pack' - this comprises a freshly laundered sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and towel - £15.00 for the week.


RYA Coastal Skipper Motor Syllabus

Passage planning

  • Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the motor cruiser, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
  • Understands fuel consumption at various speeds and can calculate fuel required for passage including reserve
  • Aware of the effects of fouling on boat speed and fuel consumption
  • Knows customs procedures

Preparation for sea

  • Is aware of safety equipment for offshore passages
  • Can prepare a motor cruiser for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment, fuel 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 motor cruiser by day and night.

Passage making and ability as skipper

  • Can take charge of a motor cruiser and direct the crew
  • Can organize the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a motor cruiser on passage
  • Aware of the significance of meteorological trends
  • Is aware of crew welfare on passage
  • Can use electronic navigational equipment for pre-planning and undertaking a passage and can update when underway, especially the use of waypoints and routes.


  • Understands the use of radar as an aid to navigation, pilotage, collision warning and collision avoidance

Boat handling

  • Can control the boat effectively in a confined space including all berthing and unberthing situations in all conditions of wind and tide
  • Can berth and unberth in simple situations using one engine on a twin engine boat and the use of lines whilst doing this
  • Avoids excessive use of power

Adverse weather conditions

  • Preparation for heavy weather and handling in strong winds
  • Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility

Emergency situations

  • Recovery of man overboard
  • Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter rescues
East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
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