The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Course is an advanced course aimed towards students who wish to skipper a yacht on longer coastal passages or who are working towards taking the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams. It requires knowledge equivalent to the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course and some practical experience is also recommended.
The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Course covers:
- Advanced navigation techniques,
- Tidal heights including detailed secondary port calculations
- Tidal Streams
- GPS and chart plotters
- Meteorology including weather prediction by observation all of which will be used when planning and undertaking a passage
- Collision regulations
The standard course is run over 6 consecutive days or three weekends from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Towards the end of the course you will be given three assessment papers to complete, the first on passage planning and meterology, the second on chartwork and the third on the collision regulations on which you will need to get over 80% to pass.
It is therefore highly recommended that you revise the Rules of the Road before attending the course and that you brush up on your chartwork in order to get the most out of the teaching time.