Coastal Skipper

Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.
Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.
It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence.
Most centres will expect you to complete the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course beforehand as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week.
Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster™.

Pre-course experience
15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours

Assumed knowledge
Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and
navigation to shorebased Coastal
Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore

Minimum duration
5 days

Minimum age

Course content
Passage planning, Preparation for sea, Pilotage,
Passage making and ability as skipper, Yacht handling
under power, Yacht handling under sail, Adverse
weather conditions, Emergency situations

Ability after the course
Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night