RYA Coastal Skipper


The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course is a 5 day training on tidal waters for skippers who want to solidify their knowledge and skills of sailing and navigation aimed at advanced skippering of yachts on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.







Course content

You will learn to plan and execute more complex passages by day and night as well as being able to manoeuvre your yacht in more demanding situations and under various conditions. The Coastal Skipper course is an intensive sailing week and will help you to gain the confidence needed for skippering a yacht on coastal passages.

Amongst other you will learn:

  • Passage planning for coastal and offshore voyages
  • Preparing a yacht for sea, including checks and watch keeping
  • Pilotage by day and by night
  • Passage making and skippering skills
  • Navigation, position fixing, by day and night
  • Use of electronic navigational equipment, including radar
  • Advanced yacht handling under power and under sail
  • Preparing for and managing adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations and procedures
  • Navigating in restricted visibility
  • Night cruising

In order to get the maximum out of this course, we recommend having attended the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course, or have knowledge to that level, as your instructor will not have time to teach the theory syllabus during this practical sail cruising week.


Ability after the course

By the end of the course you should be able to sail a yacht on coastal routes, and have the skills and knowledge to start building up more miles and additional experience for becoming a Yachtmaster.  


What's included

  • Tuition by one of our Yachtmaster Instructors
  • Accommodation on board of a C-MASTERS yacht in your own cabin (no sharing)
  • All meals and drinks on board 
  • All mooring and fuel fees
  • Free parking at our premises 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive the personalised RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence.









Details of this course


The course is only available as 5 consecutive days


Location from where this course will be delivered:

  • Kats (Zeeland, the Netherlands)
  • Nieuwpoort (Belgium) 


Previous experience:  

You should be proficient at sailing and have experience of at least

  • 15 days (of which 2 days as skipper)
  • 300 logged miles
  • 8 night hours


Assumed knowledge:

Your knowledge of coastal navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased


Language:  This course is provided in English


Number of students:   3


Cost: 1490 euro






Next steps

After 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.

This is the time to start making lots of miles if you are considering becoming a Yachtmaster.  Our mile builders are ideally suited to join others sharing the same objective to obtain the required qualifying miles and sharpen your skills.


Supporting courses

We strongly recommend attending the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster shorebased theory course, before attending the Coastal Skipper practical course.



Register for joining this course


Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:

  • 5 day course from 2 to 6 October (ONE LAST PLACE AVAILABLE)
  • 5 day course from 16 to 20 October (FULLY BOOKED)
  • 5 day course from 30 October to 3 November
  • 5 day course from 6 to 10 November






Perfect sailing area


C-MASTERS is located in a perfect sailing area with tidal water, non-tidal water, bridges, locks.

Every moment was a learning moment with theory and practice. I enjoyed it ! 


-- Jo --




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