Coastal Skipper 

RYA Coastal Skipper courses can be taken in either sail or motor yachts, and in tidal or non-tidal waters. Your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

There are two types of coastal certificate:

a) The Coastal Skipper course completion certificate, that is awarded by a training centre on successful completion of a five-day training course. This is very much hands-on with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Coastal Skipper shorebased course prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water.

b) The Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence, that is awarded by the RYA/MCA on successful completion of an exam.
You are not required to take the five-day Coastal Skipper course above prior to your exam. However, if you have not previously taken RYA training you may find it useful to complete the course or organise some informal tailor-made tuition.

If you need a certificate in order to work on board a commercial craft subject the MCA's codes of practice, it is the Certificate of Competence that you will need (option b above). You will also require a commercial endorsement (see left). You can then work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 3, 4, 5 and 6 waters - that is up to 20 miles from a nominated departure point in fine weather and daylight.

Coastal Skipper course summary (sail)

(for gaining the course completion certificate)
Pre-course experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
Assumed 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
Course content Passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations
Ability after course Skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night
Minimum duration 5 days


Coastal Skipper course summary (motor)

(for gaining the course completion certificate)
Pre-course experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
Assumed Knowledge Boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper practical motor cruising course and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course
Course content Safety, passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling and emergency situations
Ability after course Skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night
Minimum duration 5 days

Use the link above to find a training centre running these courses. In the search criteria, select sail or motor cruising courses as appropriate.

If you hold a non-tidal Coastal Skipper certificate, you may convert to a tidal certificate by completing a conversion course of approximately two days (possibly more for those inexperienced in tidal waters).

Yachtmaster Coastal exam pre-requisites

(for gaining the certificate of competence)

Minimum seatime 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (if you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours)
Form of exam Practical
Certification required VHF/SRC and first aid certificates
Minimum exam duration 6-10 hours for 1 candidate, 8-14 hours for 2 candidates


The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS (collision regulations), meteorology and signals.Full details can be found in the Sail Cruising and Motor Cruising logbooks available from the webshop (ref codes G15 and G18).

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Article Published: May 19, 2009 13:29

Article Updated: August 14, 2013 14:58

 

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