RYA Coastal Skipper motor cruising


The 5 day RYA Coastal Skipper practical motor cruising course is for experienced Day Skippers who are ready to develop advanced skills in navigation and power handling on longer, more complex passages.

This course is designed to obtain the skill set to broaden your knowledge and practical confidence to extend your cruising range and explore more adventurous cruising grounds. This course is a perfect stepping stone to the RYA Yachtmaster exam and certificate, with plenty of miles to be logged during daytime and night hours.







Course content

Learn to skipper an extended passage on coastal waters with our instructor on hand to give advice and teach you new techniques. Experience being in charge, managing your crew and your yacht, while navigating and executing teamwork manoeuvres during day and night.

This course is available as 5 consecutive days only

Amongst other you will learn

  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making as a skipper
  • Radar and electronic navigation
  • Boat handling
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations


How to prepare yourself for this course

In order to get the most out of your course, we offer you the possibility to do our online pre-course knowledge quiz. The quiz helps you to test your knowledge and to assess whether you need more preparation in some areas. 


Ability after the course

At the end of the course you should achieve a level of seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising motor yacht safely by day and night in tidal coastal waters under various conditions.


What's included

  • Tuition by one of our RYA instructors
  • C-MASTERS Pre-course knowledge quiz
  • Accommodation on board
  • All meals and drink on board 
  • All mooring and fuel fees
  • Free parking at our premises 
  • RYA Coastal Skipper personalised Certificate of Competence







Details of this course

Duration:   This residential course is available as 5 consecutive days 


Location from where this course will be delivered:

  • Kats (Zeeland, the Netherlands)


Previous experience:   You should already know how to operate a motor vessel and have logged at least;

  • 15 days aboard a yacht
  • 300 nautical miles
  • 8 night hours


Assumed knowledge: Your should have a Coastal Skipper theory certificate (or equivalent course). Your knowledge of IRPCS, navigation and meteorology must be at the standard of the RYA Coastal Skipper shorebased theory course or equivalent course.


Language: This course is provided in English.


Minimum number of students:  2


Maximum number of students:  3


Cost and dates: on request




Next steps

After successfully completing this course, we recommend extending your knowledge with some of our RYA specialist shorebased courses, in particular the RYA Radar, RYA Diesel Engine and the Short Range Certificate VHF course, ideally combined with practical training as part of our C-MASTERCLASSES.

The Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence can be commercially endorsed for anyone with ambition to find work as a professional crew member.

After building up experience and making lots of enjoyable miles, it will be time to prepare for the Yachtmaster examination.


Supporting courses

We recommend attending the RYA Coastal Skipper shorebased theory course before following the Coastal Skipper practical course.



Register for joining this course


Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:

  • course dates are scheduled on request






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