Is the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course right for me?
Is The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course right for me?
The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course is for those people who wish to develop the skills and techniques required to skipper a boat on coastal and offshore passages by day and by night.
What experience will I need?
Before attending the course you will need to have practical skills to the level to the RYA Day Skipper practical course. This is not a beginners courses and you should have as a minimum 15 days of sea time, have spent at least 2 days as skipper, and have covered at least 300 nm and sailed at night for at least 8 hours. Your theory knowledge should be the level of RYA Yachtmaster Theory and it is advised that you complete this course before attending the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course.
Let’s go through what you’ll be learning:
During your RYA Coastal Skipper practical course you will learn to plan coastal passages possible out of sight of land, and take into consideration the day to day running of the boat, sailing in watches and ensuring that a look out is kept both by day and night. Learn advanced traditional navigation techniques to make pilotage by day and night easier. Ensuring the log is maintained and the boat is on course and ensuring that the latest weather forecast is obtained and any precautions are taken.
Ensuring your crew is aware of any safety equipment that is carried onboard and that you have briefed them on the use of it is all part of the RYA Coastal Skipper course. Your crews comfort is important on longer passages so keeping an eye on the weather and ensuring you are carrying the correct amount of sail will make you passage more enjoyable for all.
Learn to deal with emergencies and how to sail a boat in close proximity to shore and other boats, anchoring and picking up a mooring under sail and picking up a MOB are useful skills should you ever have engine trouble.
During your RYA Coastal Skipper practical course you will learn how to deal with fog and how to navigate the boat into safe water should you become fog bound. Practice your berthing techniques as we search out the more difficult berths to practice your boat handling skills, using the wind and tide to your best advantage.
Join the boat on Monday morning; meet your instructor and crew, after a safety briefing, set off for a week on the water. Enjoy an overnight passage along the south coast followed by day sails before returning Friday afternoon.
The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course will give you the skills and confidence to take a boat on more adventurous coastal passages. It is your first step towards becoming a RYA Yachtmaster and it is a widely recognised qualification recognised by charter companies both in the UK and overseas.
Why not continue you’re training and join us on one of our training weekends to practice your skills or to acquire some new ones. If you are interested in booking your RYA Yachtmaster exam , please have a look at our Becoming a RYA Yachtmaster page for more information. Perhaps you just want to get out on the water, then why not join us for a weekend cruise.
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