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RYA Coastal Skipper

5 days: £685.00

The RYA Coastal Skipper tidal practical is a 5 day 'skippering' course for yachtsmen and women who have a knowledge of sailing and navigation and are aspiring to skipper cruising yachts safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.

We advise you to have attended the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course, or have knowledge to that level, as your instructor will not have time to additionally teach the theory syllabus during the week.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night as well as being able to handle the yacht in more demanding situations and conditions. It is a satisfying but intensive week and this course will help you gain the confidence on coastal passages.

The minimum age for award of certificate is 17.


Suggested Previous Experience

You should be proficient at sailing and have some skippering experience of at least;

  • 15 days sea time (2 as skipper)
  • 300 recorded miles
  • 8 night hours

Your knowledge of coastal navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of Coastal Skipper Shorebased.


Course Options

  • Five day course

Five consecutive days on board, commencing at 2030 hours on Sunday or Tuesday evenings and occasionally Friday evenings.

A 10 day combined Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased and Coastal Skipper practical course. A 5 day Coastal Skipper theory course often runs leading straight into the practical for a further 5 days. The theory in the classroom (non-residential) followed by 5 days on board (residential). 


5 days course

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Optional Extras

  • Musto Waterproofs (wet weather gear)

    £30.00 for the week

  • 'Comfort Pack' - this comprises a freshly laundered sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and towel.

    £15.00 for the week or weekend



RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Certificate.


Next Step

You may undertake the optional RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence exam.

We would recommend that all potential candidates undergo a brush up course prior to taking an exam.


RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Syllabus

Passage planning

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 the safety equipment required for offshore passages
Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities, 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 organize 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 navigation equipment for planning and undertaking 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 sail

Adverse weather conditions

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

Emergency situations

Recovery of man overboard under power and sail
Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues

East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com