Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Course

Advanced training for more experienced skippers, building on the Day Skipper course.

This course allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques. It will equip you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages and will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.


Students from the southern hemisphere will use the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.


This 6 day, shore-based course includes 40 hours of tuition and three final assessment papers.  It can be 
conducted as part of a two week, combined theory and practical, Coastal Skipper course that has both onshore & offshore elements.

It can also be taken as part of a two week, combined theory and practical, Yachtmaster exam preparation course.

For more information click on this link to the RYA's Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Web Page

Course contents include:

  • Position fixing

  • Course shaping and plotting 

  • Tidal knowledge 

  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications 

  •  Electronic position finding equipment

  • Obtaining and interpreting forecasts

  • Plotting weather systems

  • Weather predictions using  barometer & observation

  • Collision regulations

  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad