The Coastal Skipper Practical course is the key course for experienced sailors looking to build on their sailing knowledge and qualifications. This is a serious course, near the top of the RYA Yachting qualifications, after Coastal Skipper you could complete the RYA Yachtmaster and progress onto the MCA professional and commercial qualifications. There are pre-requisites necessary to enrol on the Coastal Skipper Practical course – you will need the “Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster” theory course, have at least 15 Days sailing (2 days as skipper) experience and covered at least 300 miles including 8 night hours.
On the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster theory you will cover the theory of tides, weather and aspects of safely skippering a yacht or motorboat, covering much more detail that the Day Skipper theory and practical courses. Whilst covering electronic navigation all the theory is also learnt so that you can navigate competently even if all the boats electronics become un-serviceable.
The Coastal Skipper Practical will help you to build on the theory and use your experience to prepare and then practice skippering coastal passages, including navigation at night and in restricted visibility. The course will develop your boat handling skills in preparation for challenging conditions and adverse weather, including such treats as recovering a man over board when under sail.
Equinox Sailing offers the Coastal Skipper Practical as a 5 day long live-aboard course that starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday with a maximum ratio of 4 pupils to 1 instructor to ensure that everyone gets the right level of support and tuition throughout. The course costs £475 and includes all instruction, accommodation and living on-board for the week. Meals ashore and mooring fees, which are split between the students, are not included.
Running throughout the spring and summer of 2013 the course dates for the Coastal Skipper Practical course in 2013 are:
- 4th-8th March 2013
- 29th-2nd March/April 2013
- 22nd-26th April 2013
- 20th-24th May 2013
- 3rd-7th June 2013
- 29th-2nd July/August 2013
- 16th-20th September 2013
- 14th-18th October 2013
After gaining your Coastal Skipper certificate you can continue the RYA qualifications and complete your RYA Yachtmaster ; you could develop your night sailing and watch systems on an Equinox Milebuilder trip. Or if you want something a little faster you could come out racing and prepare with an Equinox race training course?
In parallel with The RYA Coast Skipper Practical Equinox also offer additional RYA and non-RYA courses to develop beyond RYA Day Skipper:
- RYA VHF Course
- RYA First Aid
- RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
- RYA Sea Survival Course
Equinox non-RYA courses include practical sailing skills development in Sail Trim, Spinnaker Handling, heavy weather sailing and boat handling.
To book your place on a Coastal Skipper Practical course with Equinox Sailing or to find out more information about this or their other courses, give them a call on 0207 002 7676 today.