At C-MASTERS, we have created a selection of 'must do' courses. After several years of providing training we know which topics and skills are considered complex by students. Most of these topics are covered in the RYA shorebased courses and in practical courses. However, a more intensive training is needed to become a confident skipper.

The importance of proper passage planning is often underestimated by beginning sailors. So wrong, as the theory for drafting a passage plan, learned during a shorebased course, deserves to be put in practice for the safety and comfort of the crew and the vessel. Being well prepared before going offshore will make all the difference during your voyage. 

This course is a 'must do' for skippers who wish to learn a pragmatic and practical method for planning passages on coastal waters or further offshore.




MASTERCLASS: Passage Planning


Course content

This course is offered in two formats.

A one-day classroom version of the course is available for anyone who wants to practice drafting a pragmatic and practical passage plan, including the following topics:

  • Appraising and planning the passage
  • Collecting relevant information from charts
  • Using pilot books and Reeds almanac
  • Choosing the best route
  • Identifying and mitigating for hazards
  • Calculating routes based on tidal streams, height of tide, rules and regulations
  • Weather considerations and tracking
  • Check lists for preparing your voyage
  • Composing a passage plan

A four-day version of this course combines the classroom course on drafting a plan with execution of a passage plan at sea.

  • Executing the planned route
  • Crossing a Traffic Seperation Scheme or Deep Water Channel
  • Navigating near or through a windfarm
  • Pilotage
  • Chart work
  • Monitoring the passage plan (during day and night time)
  • Adjusting the plan to cope with unexpected circumstances


What's included

  • Classroom course at our training centre (one day)
  • Training and coaching by our instructor on board (three days)
  • Accommodation on board of a C-MASTERS yacht (four-day course only)
  • Food and drink on board
  • Fuel and mooring fees
  • Free parking at our premises


Supporting courses

We recommend the RYA shorebased courses for acquiring sufficient knowledge on navigation and the C-MASTERS experience builders to practice passage making.



Details of this course

Recommended knowledge: Navigation on the level of Day Skipper or higher


Recommended experience: Sailing during day trips in familiar tidal waters


Duration: You can choose between a one-day course and a four-day course



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  • One-day classroom course                    195 euro
  • Four-day combined classroom and practical course      890 euro



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