The RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory is an advanced course that builds on the knowledge gained on the shorebased Day Skipper 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 Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.
During the course students sit three exams and will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Certificate.
The course is an intensive undertaking. It covers 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.
You can book online or during the ‘registration evening’but either way it’s advisable to turn up for registration night as useful information/guidance will be given then.
If you prefer to complete this course over consecutive days then take a look at our 7 day residential option.
RYA training pack including handbook are included in course fee. A set of dividers and plotters are required for this course.
It is strongly recommended that students have a good grasp of theory subjects to Day Skipper standard and have thoroughly revised the Collision Regulations before attending.
The Centre is confident it can provide what you need for your shorebased course. The Navigation courses come with packs provided by the RYA however candidates are encouraged to purchase and bring their own tools such as dividers and chart plotter. Paper and pens will always be readily available but again some prefer to bring their own notepads and files.×
On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.
Main timings of our day are:
Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs
All meals are served in the dining area.
Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.
Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.
Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.
If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time and plan for the 1730 return crossing.×