Coastal Skipper Practical Course

The Coastal Skipper course is designed for the sailor who wants to be able to do more adventurous coastal passages by day or night and is the ideal course as a lead up to obtaining the  Yachtmaster™ Offshore certification.  You must already have theory knowledge in place and be an experienced sailor. During the week we will help develop your theory and practical skills so that you are ready to sail off into the sunset. By the end of the week you should be comfortable entering unfamiliar ports at night and navigating in reduced visibility.

Pre-course experience:

15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours to do the course

Assumed knowledge:

Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore

Minimum duration:

5 days

Minimum age:


Course content:

Passage planning, Preparation for sea, Pilotage, Passage making and ability as skipper, Yacht handling under power, Yacht handling under sail, Adverse weather conditions, Emergency situations

Ability after course:

Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night.  To do the exam having had a course completion certificate you will require

  • 20 days at sea
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 400 miles
  • 12 night hours with at least half in tidal waters


Please feel free to call or e-mail us regarding course dates if not listed on this site….

We try to be flexible and may do a course date around your requirements.  You can also click on our Student resources page to pay the deposit and buy any books you may require.

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