RYA Online Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory

The RYA Online Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course is an advanced course that builds on the knowledge gained on the shorebased Day Skipper course. It is aimed at sailors and motor boaters who are looking to undertake more complex passages perhaps offshore or at night. This course is a must for those looking to work towards taking the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster practical exams.

It is an intensive course covering advanced navigation techniques including - position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge including secondary port calculations, navigation in restricted visibility, Admiralty publications and electronic position finding equipment. The meteorology tuition includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction. Students are shown how to use this information when planning and executing passage plans. The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea are dealt with in detail and you will also learn more about yacht stability and safety offshore.

It is strongly recommended that students have a good grasp of theory subjects to Day Skipper standard and have thoroughly revised the Collision Regulations before attending.

During the course students sit three exams and will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Certificate.

What's Included: 

All course materials including RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster course notes and training almanac.

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Supporting Books: 

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Next Step: 

RYA Coastal Skipper (sail), RYA Coastal Skipper (motor) 


This course is run by sailingcourseonline.co.uk, to book this course please contact Hamble School of Yachting on 02380 452 668 or tuition@hamble.co.uk


Eight months access to the course which is extendable for a small fee, Course Pack and Training Almanac. Email and phone assistance by qualified instructors and Postage to mainland UK (surcharge applies for overseas)

Duration: 50 - 60 hours plus exam time. PC, Mac and tablet compatible

Previous Experience Required: RYA Day Skipper theory and practical sailing or motorboat experience

Course overview: Advanced coastal and offshore navigation course covering pilotage, meteorology, stability, Collision Regulations and electronic navigation aids such as GPS and chart plotters

Click here to view full course syllabus

Cost: Online £289

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