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RYA Coastal Theory Online

RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Online

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for in-experienced skippers.

The RYA Coastal Skipper Theory Online course takes your knowledge from an assumed Day Skipper level right the way through to what’s required to take your Yachtmaster® exam.

This course is delivered by Navathome, an RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training.

This course allows you to work, where you work, at home, on the move at your own speed and in your own time.

Why you should choose this course

Why you should choose this course?

Even with lots of experience it would be difficult to complete this RYA Coastal Skipper /  Yachtmaster Theory Online course without the underpinning knowledge of Day Skipper theory.

Assumed knowledge includes CTS, COG, EPs, knowledge of tidal heights, fall of tide, working out projected depths for anchoring, working out clearances under bridges, some basic weather, basic collision regulations etc.

The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory course takes Day Skipper level students to a completely new level bringing an understanding of secondary ports, a greater knowledge of tidal streams, heights etc.

Safety, weather, position fixing and much more are covered in greater detail.

The RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster® theory course is the level required for Coastal Yachtmaster®, Yachtmaster® offshore and Yachtmaster® Ocean practical certificates.

The course is made up of detailed lesson, most of which are animated for easy learning. Each lesson is followed by a set of questions which you can answer online. Once an answer is submitted the feedback is instant in the form of a detailed answer page. Some answers will be forwarded to your instructor who will provide personal feedback and help where required.

One of the major advantages of using the Navathome RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster® theory course is being able to know instantly how you are doing.

Even the answers that you have submitted to your instructor are provided with instant feedback.

Once you have completed the course and passed the online exam you will be much better equipped for safe navigation in coastal waters and offshore and receive the RYA certificate


You can book your course online and be working straight away on the sections where the RYA pack is not needed. Your RYA pack, containing your charts, RYA almanac, RYA course notes, plotter and dividers will be sent to you by Navathome.

To see how it works, have a look HERE and take a free trial.

How to purchase the course:
Just purchase the course from the ‘Buy now’ at the bottom.There is nothing to download and when you book we send you a user name and password together with your pack and away you go.

Please note: Login codes and packs are normally despatched the same day Mon – Fri, office hours.

Pre-course experience Knowledge of navigation to RYA Day Skipper theory level and practical sailing or motorboat experience
Assumed knowledge None but Practical experience and RYA Day Skipper Theory Course useful.
Minimum duration Classroom 6 Days (45 hours minimum)
Online approx. 35 hours.
Compatibility Compatible with PC, Mac and Linux and mobile devices including iPad and iPhone

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Minimum age 16 Years
Course content Course topics include:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge
  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position finding equipment
  • Taking and interpreting forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems
  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques. 
Ability after the course Theoretical knowledge of offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology.

View the full syllabus here.

Working with us, you have the opportunity to gain your RYA Coastal Skipper theory certificate with distinction. The courses are full of animated graphics that take you step by step through every lesson.

Add to this the personal help you will get from the Mendez team, and you have a package that cannot be matched. Our prices are very competitive given the quality of the courses, the feedback we give and the friendly repartee we build up with our students. We will spend whatever time is needed to make sure that you achieve your aims.

The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster® theory course is not made up of slide shows or videos, it is fully interactive with instant feedback. When students submit their answers they are diverted to the answer page which gives a step by step detailed explanation of how the answer should be arrived at.

This is followed by helpful, friendly and personal feedback from us based on the answer that has been submitted.

To see how it works, have a look HERE and take a free trial.

Navathome provide:

  • Personal tuition during your course from a full qualified RYA Yachtmaster instructor.
  • Proven results that show our RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster online theory course works, is interesting and full of extra information.
  • Flexibility in being able to access your course anywhere at anytime on any computer.
  • No hidden extras. Book RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster online theory course directly with Navathome
  • Course validity. The course is valid for 6 months from the date of booking.
  • The course can be extended should you exceed the 6 month time period.
  • Please note that the free plotter is now based online so you will need an internet connection.
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