Take your knowledge learnt in the classroom to the water.

RYA Coastal Skipper Syllabus

Discover the syllabus

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
  • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide

6.    Yacht handling under sail

  • Characteristics
  • 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

  • Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
  • Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility

8.    Emergency situations

  • Recovery of crew overboard under power and sail
  • Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues


  • Assumed knowledge: your navigation level should be of a Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory, as well as RYA Day Skipper level.
  • Student Instructor 3:1 ratio
  • Student Instructor 2:1 ratio +£650pp


PRICE: £1’300


  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as a skipper
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations

Knowledge gained after the course:

After completing the course, you will have the knowledge and ability to skipper a yacht safely on a coastal cruise, but not yet ready for longer passages.

Successful students will receive an official RYA certificate.