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RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Online

The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ online theory course is designed to give more experienced skippers the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which will involve sailing at night. The course is delivered fully online enabling you to complete it from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

All course materials are provided in a handy navigator’s bag: including paper charts, training almanac, shorebased notes, Portland plotter and dividers. Instructor support and the cost of the exams is also included in your course price.

The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ syllabus builds on knowledge already gained at a Day Skipper level bringing a greater understanding of secondary ports and a greater knowledge of chartwork, collision regulations, height calculations, tidal streams, pilotage and passage planning, meteorology, and electronic navigation techniques. 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 courses work seamlessly across PCs, Macs, and mobile devices, enabling you to learn anywhere you have an internet connection. Access to the exams is included, and as all exams are hand-marked, you will receive tailored feedback on your answers, giving you the confidence to put your newly acquired skills into practice.

Why you should choose this course

Learning online brings many advantages for those who struggle to take five days off to learn in a classroom:

  • Online offers a no pressure approach – learn at your own pace.
  • Easy to follow course, with animations and 20+ videos that bring the content to life.
  • Bite-sized modules enable you to organise learning around day-to-day life.
  • Review your knowledge as many times as you like with the end of module tests.
  • A wealth of “Skipper’s Tips” give you extra real-life perspective on many of the topics.
  • Fast help from qualified instructors whenever you need it – no question is too silly!

Building Your Theory Skills Inspires Confidence on the Water

With content structured for a virtual experience, Sailing Course Online helps you gain theory knowledge that’s essential for when you’re out on the water.

Rated 4.8 stars out from 5 from genuine feedback on Feefo, Sailing Course Online has successfully delivered courses to thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to undertake a practical course. And although the course is online, you’re only an email away from fast and helpful support from Sailing Course Online’s team of qualified instructors.


Fast Help Whenever You Need It

Just because your course is online, doesn’t mean the support you get is remote as well. Use the email button in your Classroom for fast help with minor queries or arrange a telephone / video call for a more in-depth conversation.

The instructors who support Sailing Course Online are additionally RYA Yachtmaster™ Instructors. They’re 100% committed to giving you friendly and knowledgeable assistance. All exams are manually marked and helpful feedback is provided.

How to purchase the course:
Purchase the course from the ‘Book Now’.
There is nothing to download. When you book we will send you a letter with your user name and password together with your pack and away you go. Your certificate will be posted to you upon successful course completion.

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 Assumed knowledge includes Course to Steer, 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.
Minimum duration Online approx. 50 hours.
Compatibility All courses will all work on a PC or a Mac but please check the compatibility box for those which will work on an iPad and other Mobile devices.

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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.

Next Steps

Completing this theory course enables you to undertake an RYA Coastal Skipper or RYA Yachtmaster™ practical course, which is typically held over 5 days. It provides you with knowledge and confidence to undertake more advanced passages, explore tranquil anchorages and visit foreign destinations.

If you wish to commercially endorse your qualification to use a stepping stone towards a career on the water, you need to complete the online exams at the end of this online course whilst being formally invigilated in our classrooms at Mendez Marine.

Please contact us to arrange your invigilated exams. Cost is £75 for the use of the classroom, computer and invigilator.

For practical course dates click links:

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Exam Prep

About ‘Sailing Course Online’

This online theory course is delivered by our partner company ‘Sailing Course Online’ who are a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training. The course content is specifically delivered for an online experience, with bite-sized modules, regular auto-marked tests, and full support from the instructors at Sailing Course Online whenever you need them.