The RYA Coastal Skipper Practical is the natural stepping stone between the Day Skipper course and the full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate. The RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course is designed to teach the skills and techniques required to safely skipper a cruising yacht on coastal and offshore passages by day & night.
RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course – Pre-course Knowledge & Experience
The minimum pre-course experience required:
- 15 days at sea
- 2 days as skipper
- 8 night hours
- 300 logged nautical miles.
- RYA’s Coastal Skipper Theory/Shorebased course (recommended)
- RYA’s Day Skipper Certificate (recommended)
RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course – Assumed Prior Knowledge:
You should be able to confidently take control of a yacht and crew. Demonstrate good navigational skills by planning a coastal passage. Be able to demonstrate boat handling skills such as sailing efficiently in confined spaces, sailing up to moorings and up to a ‘man overboard’ scenario. Also a good grasp of handling a yacht under power, manoeuvring and berthing in marinas will be expected.
RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course – First Evening
Meet your Instructor and fellow crew members at Neyland Marina. Over the crews first supper together your instructor will discuss with each student what specific development goals they wish to achieve over the course, and come up with the game plan. Game plans will vary dependant on the weather forecast and tidal conditions for the days ahead. As a Coastal Skipper candidate you will be expected to share your meteorological knowledge and peruse the relevant charts. Before jumping into sleeping bags for a good nights rest you may wish to explore the marina facilities and pop into one of the local hostelries.
RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course – First Day
The boat orientation allows you to familiarise yourself with our sailing vessel from stem to stern. Your instructor will then proceed to discuss the storage and use of the safety equipment on board, encouraging everyone’s input, including careful consideration to fitting all crew with the required safety gear. Now the sailing begins. Day one is spent in the estuary tacking, gybing, reefing and sail trimming. As the first day draws to a close we will navigate to a picturesque anchorage or mooring. Over a freshly prepared evening meal your skipper will review the achievements of the day. Evening course work for students may include the washing up and inflating the dinghy for a shore based refreshment.
RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course – The Rest
Exact itineraries are difficult to forecast due to varying weather and tidal conditions, however the full RYA Coastal Skipper syllabus will be delivered in this unique coastal location. Over the 5 days we will build confidence and develop techniques in the following disciplines: passage planning, preparation for sea, pilotage, navigation at sea and ability as skipper, yacht handling under power and under sail, adverse weather conditions and emergency situations. Our ratio of 1 instructor to 5 students (maximum) ensures plenty of attention to the development of individual candidates and rest assured you will get plenty of hands on skippering experience. Our Coastal Skipper candidates will be asked to plan and execute a coastal passage as skipper. Pembrokeshire’s sailing area combines commercial shipping in a large sheltered estuary with a spectacular coastline, marine nature reserve Islands , picturesque harbours and anchorages all set within the UK’s only Coastal National Park. Our varied sailing opportunities make Pembrokeshire the ideal training ground for the RYA’s Coastal Skipper course.
RYA Coastal Skipper Course is taken as:
1 x 5 Day Course boarding on a Sunday at 1800 hrs through to Friday 1600 hrs