RYA Coastal Skipper
SKIPPER PRACTICAL is for
those with at least 300 miles logged, 8 night hours,
some skippering experience and who are aiming to skipper
a yacht on longer coastal and offshore passages by
day and night. The course concentrates on effective
passage planning, day and night pilotage, yacht handling
in confined spaces under power and sail, boat handling
in emergency situations.
Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased Course should
be successfully completed before attending this Course.
The Coastal Skipper course is intended
to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper
yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day
and night. The Syllabus is broken down into sub paragraphs
showing the subjects and skills taught on the Course.
Can plan a coastal passage including
consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation,
victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights
and tidal streams, publications required and
Knows Customs procedures.
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.
Can prepare a pilotage plan, with
consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings,
buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.
Can pilot a yacht by day
Passage making and ability
Can take charge of a yacht and
direct the crew.
Can organise the navigation, deckwork 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 navigation equipment for planning
and undertaking a passage, including
the use of waypoints and routes.
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.
Yacht handling under sail
Can use the sails to control the
yacht in a confined space.
Anchoring and mooring in various conditions or wind
Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing.
Adverse weather conditions
Preparation for heavy weather and
yacht handling in strong winds.
Navigation and general in restricted visibility.
Recovery of man overboard under
power and sail.
Understands actions to be taken when abandoning to
the liferaft and during helicopter and
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RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal
those that want to work as a commercial Skipper operating
vessels within 20 Nm the Coast you can take an RYA/MCA
Yachtmaster Coastal Exam. This invloves an RYA Examiner
coming onboard and testing you on the above and subjects
from the shorebased course.
minimum pre exam experience is 30 days at sea, 8 night
hours 400 miles and 2 days as Skipper. You will also
need a First Aid Certificate and Short Range radio
operators Certificate. The Exam will last around 6-8
hours and the Examiner will also check your knowledge
on any of the subjects in the RYA Cruising Scheme.
completion of this Exam and a medical will allow you
to apply for a commercial Skipper Endorement. See
Endorsement Application Form