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RYA Coastal Skipper

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical

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The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course is for RYA Day Skipper level skippers who want to improve their skills, take charge and learn to make full use of the boat on longer, more complex passages.  An important aspect of this RYA Coastal Skipper course is learning to take command and made decisions resulting in relaxed, well-planned passages and a happy crew.

Ratio with Mendez Marine is 2:1.

This course is a stepping stone to RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore, and ideally taken after RYA Day skipper and RYA Advanced Pilotage.  Ideally you will have theory knowledge up to RYA Yachtmaster® level as this course is designed to use this skill set to apply and broaden your knowledge and practical confidence to extend your cruising range and explore more adventurous cruising grounds.

You will need sleeping bag, pillow and clothing to cover minimum 3 nights away from home port.

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of course completion.

This is an ideal opportunity to log miles, night hours and experience towards a RYA Yachtmaster® Certificate of Competence.

How can I take this course?

  • On our school boat on our timetables.
  • On our school boat, in your group, you choose the dates.
  • On your own boat, we come to you.

The RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course is held on our school boat, Fenland Dancer. She is a Princess 368 with a fly bridge and 2 x 300Hp Cummins engines on shafts. She has the latest Raymarine electronic equipment and her salon was refurbished summer 2019.

Any classroom work takes place in the Mendez Marine office or onboard Fenland Dancer.

Due to the impact of the increase in fuel prices we have had to raise the cost of our courses with effect March 2022.  


Recommended 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® shore based course. 
Minimum duration 5 days – including minimum 3 nights away from the home berth
Minimum age 17 years
Maximum Student : Instructor Ratio5 : 1 however due to the size of the school boat and requirement to stay onboard this is reduced to 3 : 1
Course content Passage planning, preparation for sea, pilotage, passage making and ability as a skipper, radar, boat handling, adverse weather conditions, emergency situations. 
Materials ProvidedRYA Certificate, G158 RYA Yachtmaster syllabus and log book
Recommended ReadingG69 RYA Passage Planning, G6 Navigation Handbook, YSN Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes, G68 Boat Handling for Sail and Power, G2 IRPCS, G1 RYA Weather
Ability after the course Able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night.

Don’t expect to coast through without making the occasional error – learn your strengths and weaknesses and gain knowledge from your mistakes. By the end of the coastal skipper course you should  be ready to build on your experience and maybe work towards a Certificate of Competence.

The RYA Coastal Skipper course can also be independently examined to achieve the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal “Certificate of Competence”. If you wish to take the exam you need,  in total, 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours.

slightly more experience 30 Days (2 days as skipper), 800 miles, 12 night hours, Navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster theory standard, VHF/SRC licence, First Aid Certificate.  If you have these prerequisites prior to this course we can organise an examiner on the 6th day (additional fee may be charged for fuel and boat charter) .

The cost of the exam is £200.00

Support courses: RYA Coastal / Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory, RYA Radar

Next Steps: Mile BuilderRYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Exam prep course

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