Coastal Skipper Practical

The Coastal Skipper course provides you with the opportunity to develop your seamanship, boat handling and navigation skills offshore by day and night. It is a stepping stone towards the Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence.
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22 November
Mon 22 Nov 2021 - Fri 26 Nov 2021
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,695.00 incl. GST
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7 March
Mon 07 Mar 2022 - Fri 11 Mar 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
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7 March
Mon 07 Mar 2022 - Fri 11 Mar 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
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4 April
Mon 04 Apr 2022 - Fri 08 Apr 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
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    4 April
    Mon 04 Apr 2022 - Fri 08 Apr 2022
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    6 June
    Mon 06 Jun 2022 - Fri 10 Jun 2022
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    6 June
    Mon 06 Jun 2022 - Fri 10 Jun 2022
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST

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Description

The RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course is for Day Skippers who are ready to take their skills offshore and develop the competence required to safely manage a short offshore passage. 

You and your fellow crew members will plan and execute short offshore passages by day and night.   

Course content

Passage planning and preparation for sea

  • Victualling and crew management
  • Navigation, tides, weather
  • Safety procedures, engine and equipment checks
  • Crew briefing and procedures

 Passage making and pilotage

  • Plan and deliver pilotage into or out of port
  • Watchkeeping
  • Organize navigation deck work and domestics on passage
  • Use electronic waypoints and routes 

 Yacht handling – power and sail

  • Handle the yacht under power whilst berthing and un-berthing
  • Steer and trim sails effectively on all points.
  • Make correct use of preventer and pole when downwind at sea
  • Pick up mooring under sail

 Heavy weather and emergency situations

  • Prepare the yacht for heavy weather including use of storm sails
  • Emergency drills including man overboard recovery in an offshore setting

Location and sailing conditions 

You sail to various ports along the New South Wales coast. We plan the itinerary on the first day to take best advantage of the weather. 

The scenery and anchorages are magnificent and the weather is generally excellent for sailing. You can expect to see dolphins, whales at certain times of the year and of course Flying Fish!

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run on board one of our offshore approved training yachts by an accredited RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.

You will take part in all aspects of running the boat. 

 

What's included

Due to Covid 19 restrictions our RYA practical courses are currently non live-aboard. But please contact us if you would like to stay on board in the marina for your course.

  • Tuition, logbook, pre-course reading.
  • Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided and we can loan you wet weather clothing if required.
  • All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.
  • Please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • We provide tea and coffee and pizza takeaway before the night training exercise. 

Qualifications and experience

  • 200 sea miles logged
  • RYA qualifying passages
  • RYA Coastal Skipper

Before you start

You have spent at least 15 days on board, including two as skipper, logging a minimum of 300 nautical miles and eight night hours.

You should hold the RYA Day Skipper practical certificate or have equivalent experience. 

You will have a good grasp of navigation, equivalent to the knowledge gained on the Dayskipper Shorebased Theory course.

What next?

At the end of the course your instructor will give you feedback on your sailing skills and your ability as skipper, making recommendations for your future training and experience.

See our Yachtmaster Short Course options to progress to the next level.