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RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Course


  • Course Aim

    This is an advanced course in navigation & meteorology for candidates for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore ceritifcate.

  • Duration

    The course is taught over 5 days (Monday to Friday) or 3 consecutive weekends.

  • Prior experience required

    The assumed level of knowledge before starting this course is the Day Skipper Shorebased course. The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects in the Day Skipper course, but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available.

  • Course Content

    • Position
    • The magnetic compass
    • Tides
    • Tidal streams
    • Buoyage
    • Lights
    • Pilotage
    • GPS & chart plotters
    • Echo sounders
    • Logs & deck log
    • Meteorology
    • Rules of the road
    • Safety at sea
    • Navigation in restricted visibility
    • Passage planning
    • Marine environment
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