RYA Coastal Skipper (Motor)

This course is an ideal bridge between Day Skipper and the full RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper examination course. The course is designed to give an experienced RYA Dayskipper the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which may involve sailing at night.

During the RYA Coastal Skipper course your instructor will guide you through practical navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping, preparation for sea and handling heavy weather. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the motor cruiser under the supportive eye of the instructor. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the motor yacht and will complete at least 4 hours of night time passage making. Weather permitting the motor yacht will undertake a longer coastal passage.

At the successful completion of the RYA Coastal Skipper course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate and will be able to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently.


0900 on first day until approximately 1700 on day 5.

What's Included: 

Breakfast, lunch and weather gear. For details of what you should bring please refer to the FAQ's section.

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Next Step: 

At this stage of the RYA scheme it is really worthwhile consolidating what you have learnt by completing more sea miles. Following this you should look to joining the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Preparation week followed by the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper examination

Course Dates: 

(Please note all courses are run by Mendez Marine and you will be redirected to their site during the booking process)

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Duration: 4.5 days (Monday to Friday) with a maximum of 2 students per course.

Previous Experience Required: 15 days aboard, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles logged and 8 night hours. A knowledge of navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory level

Course Overview: Skippering techniques and navigation for coastal passages by day and night. More advanced boat handling and pilotage for experienced Day Skippers.

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Cost: 5 Days £2500

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