This RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper course is suitable for more advanced skippers who have a good practical ability to RYA Day Skipper level and wish to gain more experience, with an independent DOT examination at the end.

It is assumed you will have knowledge of; navigation, meteorology, collision regulations safety and passage planning up to RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster shore based 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.

In addition, 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 practised.

This course has an independent DOT examination by an external RYA examiner commences during the last two days of the course.  The RYA Practical Coastal Skipper Course lasts for seven days and you sleep and eat on board.


Minimum Pre Course Experience: 30 days (2 as skipper) 800 logged miles & 12 night hours.

If you hold a RYA Coastal Skipper course completion certificate, this is reduced to: 20 days, (2 as skipper) 400 logged miles & 12 night hours

We advise that students have greater experience than the minimum suggested

You must also hold a SRC VHF certificate and valid First Aid certificate Click HERE for a list of acceptable first aid certificates:

Recommended Knowledge: Boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper practical sail cruising course and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased

Course Content: Advanced passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations

Ability after the Course: The successful student will be awarded RYA Coastal Skipper Completion certificate and you will be able to Skipper a yacht on coastal passages in both day and night.

The qualification is a “tidal” qualification so is recognised in tidal and non tidal waters.

This qualification also allows you to apply for an International Certificate of Competence, (ICC) which will enable you to charter a yacht anywhere in the world.

Next Step: RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Course.


Further Information

What to Expect on your Course

  • This course is not for the beginner.  You can expect to learning advanced sailing techniques in a range of conditions and situations.
  • You can expect to be maneuvering the boat under engine on and off pontoons in challenging conditions
  • You can expect to plan and conducting longer coastal passages.
  • You can expect to be skippering the yacht during the hours of darkness, on passages and using pilotage skills.
  • You may drop anchor for the night, other times you may tie on to a buoy or stay in a marina.
  • You can expect a friendly club instructor keen to teach you everything you want to know.

Each day of the course is packed with activity. The days are normally longer than a Day Skipper course and its not unusual to sail well into the evening.

Where will you sail?

The Solent is a great place to learn to sail and get qualified. There are numerous harbours, bays, creeks, rivers, marinas and anchorages making it ideal to practice and test a whole range of yachting skills. Because of the large volume of other boats and busy shipping activity, the Solent is always fun and interesting. The Isle of Wight provides some protection from the worst of the Channel weather, meaning the sea within the Solent can stay relatively flat compared with conditions in the open sea.

But at the same time the tides in the Solent provide students with a challenge to their seamanship and navigational skills.


Our yachts are based at Mercury Marina, Hamble.  Please click HERE for directions and information.


Coastal Skipper courses are normally conducted on one of our two superb training yachts, Sapphire of Broadway and Spirit of Broadway.

They are both Halberg Rassy 34 and are one of the highest quality and safest training yachts on the Solent.

Your Instructor

Your skipper will be a highly experienced commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor or Yachtmaster Instructor.

They are normally serving or retired Police Officers & Police Staff and have often completed all their training within the MPSC.

They will normally make contact with you before the start of the course and you will be provided with their contact number and email in your joining instructions.


Accommodation during a sailing course is on board the yacht and crew berthing is arranged by the instructor on the first day. We only ever have a maximum ratio of four students to one instructor.


There are limited showers on board, but most nights you will be in a marina with good hot showers and shoreside facilities.


We cater on board for all meals, although it is customary to eat out on at least one evening. The skipper will do their best to provide food that is healthy and nutritious.

There will always be a plentiful supply of chocolate and biscuits. We will do our best to accommodate any special dietary requirements.

Just make your instructor aware when you receive your joining instructions.

Is it Dangerous?

All Royal Yachting Association sailing schools are controlled by a strict code of practice which lays down safety standards for the vessel and it’s skipper. Instruction is given about how to use the safety equipment on board and provided you follow these simple steps, you’ve more chance of being involved in a car accident than one in a boat.

Are there any medical restrictions?

If you’ve any special medical condition you can still probably take part but you must tell us as soon as possible when booking and also ensure that the skipper knows when you get on board. You must also let him know if you are on any medication.

I haven’t got any sailing clothes or equipment. What do I need?

All the necessary equipment including lifejackets, harnesses and waterproof sailing suits are provided free of charge. You’ll need warm clothes and soft soled shoes such as trainers. The only other item required as a pair of sea boots which are a bit like wellies but softer and with better grip. You’ll also need a sleeping bag.

Start/Finish Times

The course starts at 1700 on the Sunday evening and you can expect to get away by around 4pm on the final day of your course.

If you have any questions or would like some advice about which course is best for you, please contact us on the Clubline, 0208 643 4292 for a chat.


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