RYA Coastal Skipper

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Coastal Skipper course charts a course for maritime excellence. Operating in the vibrant coastal hubs of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and the tranquil waters of Moreton Bay, this comprehensive program offers the perfect blend of advanced skills and coastal navigation. 

Have a browse below and select the best option for you.  We offer WEEKENDS, 5-DAY, and 6-DAY courses on both MONOHULL & CATAMARANWe also offer courses in MOOLOOLABA on the Sunshine Coast, NEWPORT near Brisbane, and the WHITSUNDAYS.  

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Course Duration: 5 Days (sometime 6-days)
Start and Finish Times: Start at 8:30am on the first day, and finish by 4:30pm on the last day of the course.
Minimum Age: 16 years
Course Format: On the water, on either a yacht or catamaran.
Prerequisites: You should have knowledge up to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased standard. Practical ability to RYA Day Skipper level, 15 days onboard (2 days as skipper), 300 miles, 8 night hours.

The RYA Coastal Skipper practical is the course for more advanced skippers who have a practical ability to RYA Day Skipper level and knowledge up to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased standard. The course concentrates on the techniques and skills required to skipper a yacht on passages involving more complex decision making, passage planning, advanced navigation techniques and pilotage. 

A passage of longer duration, with particular emphasis placed on watch keeping techniques will usually be undertaken to demonstrate how to manage the yacht on such a passage. You will also be introduced to the practical application of computation tables, secondary ports plus time zones and summer times. Whilst living onboard throughout the course you will be given the opportunity to improve your close quarters boat handling skills under power and sail. Preparation of the yacht for heavy weather cruising and navigation in restricted visibility is also discussed and practiced. 

By the end of this course the successful RYA Coastal Skipper will have sufficient knowledge to skipper a yacht safely on longer coastal and offshore passages by day and night. This course is suitable those who wish to go on to take the RYA Yachtmaster examination. Candidates must also hold a VHF Radio Operator’s Certificate. 

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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:

    • Preparation for Sea
    • Navigation
    • Pilotage
    • Meteorology
    • Rules of the Road
    • Maintenance
    • Engine
    • Radio Operation
    • Victualling
    • Handling Under Motor and Power
    • plus much more

Living onboard throughout the course, each night is spent in a new place, allowing you to experience the delights of a real cruise. You will visit many of the quiet bays, anchorages and yacht harbour’s of Moreton Bay, Southeast corner of Queensland or the Whitsundays (depending on chosen course) and in the evenings there is time to relax and reflect on the events of the day.

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

RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Syllabus

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Accommodation: HAVE YOUR OWN SPACE AS STANDARD OPTION! We are the only company in Queensland providing your own space to sleep as standard.  You do not have to pay extra for the no “no snuggling with strangers option”. No more cramming into the berth with a stranger, you will have your own space to sleep.  Examples of your own space would be single bunks, or on the saloon bed.  

DO YOU WANT YOUR OWN CABIN?  We have that as an option as well.  If you want to save some money, share a private cabin with a partner or friend. 

Food and Dietary: Food is included in the price of the course, aside from one evening meal ashore at a local yacht club or restaurant. We will accommodate your dietary preferences including gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, lactose free, etc. You will receive a link to nominate your dietary preferences shortly after booking in for the course.