RYA Motor Cruising Coastal Skipper Practical Course In Southampton


Coastal Skipper Course Motor Solent Boat TrainingThe 5 day RYA Coastal Skipper Motor Cruising Course costs from £1299 per person and runs from our Southampton, Shamrock Quay Marina base. With classroom and boat only yards apart we have the perfect teaching setup. 

We would expect students to have both theory and practical skills to at least day skipper level but with 15 days ( 2 as skipper ) at sea. Also 8 hours at night would be advised.

By the end of the course you will be able to take a motor cruiser on coastal passages by night & day.


RYA Motor Cruising Coastal Skipper 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.

Passage making and ability as skipper

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

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