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, cruise planning, navigation, 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.
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.
‘Sailing at it’s best! Professional instructors, modern well-equipped yachts and state of the art training courses combined with Australia’s beautiful coastline and marine life to provide an enjoyable and world class learning experience. My individual and team seamanship skills improved, and I am now doing further courses and lots more sailing.’ Susan Spall.
What experience do I need?
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.
What will I learn?
Advanced navigation working with GPS, waypoints, set and drift
Advanced methods of position fixing & accurate recording in logbooks
Advise radio stations of your position & plans, receive weather & warnings using VHF radio
Crew delegation & watch-keeping systems
Enter unfamiliar ports & choose a safe anchorage
Navigation & yacht handling at night
Provisioning as part of the syllabus, food costs to be determined by yourself
What do I bring?
Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), towel, sleeping bag and pillow, spray jacket, toilet kit and any personal medication you may require all packed in a flexible soft bag.
How long is the course?
5, 6 or 7 Days for just the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Practical course. RYA course completion certificate on successful completion of course. You will be assessed during the course and certificates of satisfactory completion will not be awarded to those who:
Are adversely affected by sea sickness to the extent that their ability to skipper a yacht is reduced to a dangerously low level.
Are unable to demonstrate sufficient ability in basic seamanship, navigation and yacht handling to appreciate the technique and skills required of a yacht skipper.
Demonstrate a lack of understanding of any part of the syllabus to the extent that it would be dangerous for them to go to sea as the skipper of a yacht.
What about meals?
All meals are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this in advance when you register for the course.