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.

‘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 this course?

This is a 5-day practical course, starting at 9:30am on the first day, and continuing the following 4-days. This is a liveaboard course, which includes food and accommodation.

Where is this held?

Courses start from Mooloolaba, Queensland. Courses with a start date in August and September start at Hamilton Island.

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.

The RYA Coastal Skipper certificate presented upon successful completion of your course. Please make sure you bring along a passport size photo for the certificate.



Passage Planning
Can plan a coastal passage including consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation,
victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and

Knows Customs procedures.

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.

Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings,
buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.
Can pilot a yacht by day and night.

Passage making and ability as skipper
Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew.
Can organise the navigation, deckwork 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 navigation equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including
the use of waypoints and routes.

Yacht handling under power
Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power.
All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide.

Yacht handling under sail
Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space.
Anchoring and mooring in various conditions or wind and tide.
Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing.

Adverse weather conditions
Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds.
Navigation and general in restricted visibility.

Emergency situations
Recovery of man overboard under power and sail.
Understands actions to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and
lifeboat rescues.

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