RYA Coastal Skipper Sailing Course

RYA Coastal Skipper Sailing Course in Southampton: Course Summary

  • Course Duration:
  • Course Location: Mercury Yacht Harbour in Hamble or Gosport Marina
  • Course Cost: £549pp
  • Previous Experienced Required: Yes
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 17 years old
  • What The Course Includes: Tuition, moorings, waterproofs, breakfast, and lunch. 
  • What You Will Learn: How to skipper a yacht on a more demanding coastal passage.


The RYA Coastal Skipper Sail Course is for the more experienced Day Skipper who would like to undertake longer coastal passages by day and night, utilising more advance boat handling and navigation skills.

Course schedule is Monday to Friday 09:30 – variable.


You must be at least 17 years old and have at least 15 days aboard a sailing yacht with 2 days acting as skipper. You will need at least 300 logged miles and 8 night hours.

You will also have theory knowledge up to RYA Coastal / Yachtmaster Theory level.


You will learn how to skipper a yacht on a more demanding coastal passage which requires more advanced navigation, seamanship and leadership skills perhaps in more adverse weather and conditions.

As a Coastal Skipper you will be a better boat handler and will be in complete charge of the vessel, implementing more in depth preparations for sea, watch keeping systems, weather forecasting, passage planning.

You will complete a night sail and a longer coastal passage (weather permitting).


There are 8 areas covered by the course syllabus:

Passage planning

  • Learn to plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required, and strategy.
  • Learn Customs procedures.

Preparation for sea

  • Awareness of safety equipment required for offshore passages.
  • Learn to prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks.


  • Learn to prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of surroundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.
  • Learn to pilot a yacht by day and night.

Passage making and ability as skipper:

  • To take charge of a yacht and direct the crew.
  • To organise the navigation, deckwork, and domestic duties of a yacht on passage.
  • To be aware of the significance of meteorological trends.
  • To be aware of crew welfare on passage.
  • To be able to use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes.

Yacht handling under power

  • Learn to control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power.
  • Learn to handle all berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide.

Yacht handling under sail

  • Learn about the characteristics of yacht handling under sail.
  • Learn to use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space.
  • Learn about anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide.
  • Learn to sail efficiently on all points of sailing.

Adverse weather conditions

  • Learn to be able to prepare for heavy weather and handle a yacht in strong winds.
  • Learn to navigate in restricted visibility, and general conduct.

Emergency situations

  • Learn to recover a man overboard under power and sail.
  • Understanding of the actions to be taken when abandoning to the life-raft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues.





  • All Moorings
  • Expert tuition
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Waterproofs


This course can run on your boat for yourself or your group. Own boat training cost start from £250.00 plus VAT  per day. Please contact us for more information regarding own boat tuition.


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To book, call on 023 81 242159 or email us to enquire about availability:  info@oceansportstuition.co.uk.