RYA Coastal Skipper Theory

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Coastal Skipper Theory Course provides you with the knowledge necessary to identify, plan, and navigate the waters in your sailing journey. This course is designed for aspiring sailors who wish to elevate their expertise in navigation and overall seamanship.  Get ready to set sail on a transformative journey towards becoming a skilled and certified Coastal Skipper with the RYA.  

Boat Type

On-water Course


Day Course

Length of Course

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Start and Finish Times: Start at 9:30am and finish by approximately 5:00pm each day.
Minimum Age: There is no minimum age.
Course Format: Classroom or Online (Self-Paced)
Prerequisites: The RYA Day Skipper Shorebased (Theory) course, or equivalent knowledge.

The RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course is an advanced course in navigation, meteorology, vessel and crew management for longer coastal and offshore passages. We assume that you are already qualified as an RYA Day Skipper (or equivalent knowledge). There is some time set aside for revision of subjects covered in the Day Skipper course though you should arrive with a good understanding of the essentials.

This course enables you to effectively plan coastal and offshore passages that would take over 24 hours to undertake.

By the time you finish this theory course you will have the knowledge and confidence required to effectively appraise, plan, execute and monitor your progress on longer coastal and offshore passages as you head out on the water recreationally or commercially.

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Whilst at sea, your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations. You will also be given opportunities to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations.

  • Here’s a summary of what you will learn:

    • 1. Position
      2. The Magnettic Compass
      3. Tides
      4. Tidal Streams
      5. Buoyage
      6. Lights
      7. Pilotage
      8. GNSS and Chart Plotters
      9. Echo Sounders
      10. Logs (Speed and Distance Measuring)
      11. Deck Log
      12. Meteorology
      13. Rules of the Road
      14. Safety at Sea
      15. Navigation in Restricted Visibility
      16. Passage Planning
      17. Marine Environment

Click below to view the detailed course syllabus for RYA Day Skipper Practical:

RYA Coastal Skipper Syllabus

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The RYA Coastal Certificate and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory certificate upon successfully passing the exam. The RYA is the worlds largest and most well-regarded sail training organisation. The qualifications obtained through RYA training can be used commercially around the world, speaking to the quality of the training courses.