This is an advanced course for those wishing to skipper a yacht on longer coastal passages or for students
working towards taking the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore Exams.
Before starting it you will require knowledge of navigation to Day Skipper level and practical sailing or motorboat
experience. It requires approximately six days teaching plus time for coursework and exams. You will find it very
difficult to complete if you do not have the requisite prior knowledge and experience.
The course covers coastal navigation, pilotage, passage planning, meteorology and collision regulations and includes:
Advanced navigation techniques including position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, and use of
almanacs and Admiralty publications.
Electronic navigation equipment and good practice.
Meteorology including the interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction using
barometers and by observation.
The use of weather information to help plan and execute passages.
The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea in detail.
Passage planning and making.
During the course you will work on the RYA’s set coursework exercises and sit three exams covering navigation,
collision regulations and passage planning and making. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded
the RYA Coastal Skipper &Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Certificate.
Our cost includes all handouts, marking and student support by phone and email.
See our Terms and conditions and course price pages for more information.
RYA Coastal Skipper and
Devon School of Navigation