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.
You live on board for the week, with some nights spent at sea and other nights in harbour or at anchor.
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
- 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
Location and sailing conditions
You sail to various ports up and down 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!
You will enjoy fresh sea air and good food in the company of great people.
The yacht and the instructor
This course will be run on board one of our training yachts by an accredited RYA/AS Instructor. You live on board with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat.