RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Sailing Courses From £499

RYA Coastal Skipper Training CourseThe RYA Coastal Skipper practical course is the natural progression from the Day Skipper course. Again running over 5 consecutive days with 4 nights on board a Bavaria 37/38 costing from £499 per student.

Students should have theory knowledge well beyond RYA day skipper theory heading towards RYA coastal skipper theory and hold the RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificate. It is also advised that a reasonable amount of sailing has been completed since the completing the RYA Day Skipper including several night passages. You should be a well practised day skipper.

We run these courses with only 4 students per course !

All mooring fees and fuel costs are also included in the course fee. The RYA Coastal Skipper course teaches you the skills needed for extended coastal passages by day and by night, so opening up a whole new world of sailing !

RYA Coastal Skipper Sailing Practical Course Details

This 5 day course starts on the first morning at 9.00am and runs through about 2pm on the 5th day, every night being spent on the yacht. The course includes several night sails meaning a few long days. Unlike other RYA training centres we don`t mix abilities on this course, so the instructor can focus on teaching to the same high level with just 4 students on board. Minimum student age is 17. Under 18`s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The full course syllabus is contained within the RYA Yachtmaster Logbook G15.

We don`t run this course in the summer months of June, July and August as we simply have too much daylight to achieve the night hours required.


The aim of this course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal passages by day and night. 

1. 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. 
Know Customs procedures.
2. 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. 
3. Pilotage 
Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of surroundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations. Can pilot a yacht by day and night
4. Passage making and ability as skipper 
Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew. 
Can organise the navigation, deck work, 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 undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes. 
5. Yacht handling under power 
Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power. 
Can berth and unberth in various conditions of wind and tide. 
6. 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. 
7. Adverse weather conditions 
Can prepare for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds. 
Understands navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility. 
8. Emergency situations 
Can recovery of man overboard under power and sail. 
Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues.

This was the route our last RYA Coastal Skipper Sailing Course achieved during the 5 days of the course.