RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory

The RYA 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 Offshore 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.


0900 until approximately 1700 Monday until Saturday.

What's Included:

All course materials including RYA Yachtmaster Theory course notes. Morning and afternoon tea. For details of local accommodation establishments please click here.

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Supporting Books:

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Next Step:

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (sail) or RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (motor).

Course Dates: 

Please note that if the dates listed are not suitable for you or you wish to have a course run at your own venue please contact us.

Online option available

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Duration:6 days (Monday to Saturday).

Previous Experience Required:Current knowledge of navigation to RYA Day Skipper theory level and practical sailing or motorboat experience to RYA Day Skipper. 

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

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Cost: £395

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Number of Candidates

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory - 6 Day (Mon - Sat)