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Coastal Skipper

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.

Coastal SkipperYou live on board for the week, with some nights spent at sea and other nights in harbour or at anchor.  

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

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. 

  • Nov
    2 Nov - 6 Nov
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining

What's included

Tuition, certification and logbook (if required). 

Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided. We can loan you wet weather clothing if required. 


Single sex shared cabin accommodation is provided for 4 nights. All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.


We provide all meals on board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.

You should expect to eat, at your own cost ashore, for one night.  

We do our best to cater for both vegetarians and meat eaters.

Qualifications and experience

  • 300 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 also

    • Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory

      On completing this course you will have a thorough knowledge of all the theory required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.