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RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course


  • Course Aim

    To teach the skills required to skipper a motor cruiser of at least 7m LOA safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.

  • Duration

    5 days with night passages.

  • Prior experience required

    As this is a course for potential skippers, those attending should be competent boat handlers with a good knowledge of the theory of navigation and meteorolgy.

    Please note that a current Passport size Photograph is required for Certification
  • Course Content

    • Passage planning
    • Preparation for sea
    • Pilotage
    • Passage making & ability as skipper
    • Radar
    • Boat handling
    • Adverse weather conditions
    • Emergency situations

Those looking to work commercially will need to take the Coastal Skipper Examination - a 6 to 10 hour exam.
To take the exam, candidates must be aged 17 or over and require:
  • VHF certificate
  • First Aid certificate
  • 800 miles logged within 10 years prior to the exam
  • 30 days living on board
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 12 night hours
The Exam can be taken after completing the practical course, or directly for those who already have the required amount of experience. The exam can either be booked direct on the RYA website, or through us.

Please call us on 01202 661881 or contact us for further details.
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