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RYA Shorebased

RYA Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster Theory

Classroom Based: 6 days

The RYA Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster theory course is an advanced course that builds on the knowledge gained on the shorebased RYA Day Skipper theory course. It is aimed at sailors and motor boaters who are looking to undertake more complex passages perhaps offshore or at night. This course is a must for those looking to work towards taking the RYA Advanced Powerboat, RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster® Offshore practical exams.

It is an intensive course covering advanced navigation techniques including – position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge including secondary port calculations, navigation in restricted visibility, Admiralty publications and electronic position finding equipment. The meteorology tuition includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction. Students are shown how to use this information when planning and executing passage plans. The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea are dealt with in detail and you will also learn more about yacht stability and safety offshore.

It is strongly recommended that students have a good grasp of theory subjects to RYA Day Skipper standard and have thoroughly revised the Collision Regulations before attending.

During the course students sit three exams and on passing will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster® Theory Certificate.

At Mendez Marine we believe in small classes, Minimum 2 Maximum 4,  so that students get the optimum of input from the Instructor to ensure that they have full grasp of the knowledge by the end of the course.  As a power school we are able to teach the theory syllabus with a power slant to ensure that your learning is more relevant to your practical experiences.

Whilst we don’t always advertise dates for Theory courses we are able to schedule the week before a RYA Yachtmaster® Prep course to ensure your knowledge is fresh for the course.  We only run theory courses at the rate of £625 per person for students who book our practical courses.  

Hamble School of Yachting run RYA Shorebased theory courses, with larger cohorts, for £380 per person.

Pre-course experience Knowledge of navigation to RYA Day Skipper theory level, RYA Radar,  and practical sailing, powerboat or motor cruiser experience
Minimum duration 6 days  
Minimum age 16 years
Course content Advanced coastal and offshore navigation course covering pilotage, meteorology, stability, Collision Regulations and electronic navigation aids such as GPS and chart plotters.
Ability after the course Theoretical knowledge of offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage and meteorology.

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Itinerary:  0900 until approximately 1700 Monday until Saturday.

What’s Included: All course materials including RYA Yachtmaster® Theory course notes book YSN/05. Morning and afternoon tea. For details of local accommodation establishments please click here.

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Course Dates: Please note that if the dates listed are not suitable for you or you wish to have a course run at a location of your choice we are happy to arrange bespoke courses. Please call us if you would like more information about these options.

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