RYA Coastal Skipper

Course information



5 days

Course Description

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical is a course for those who are ready to skipper a yacht through coastal passages. If you want to make the Mediterranean Sea your oyster this course is for you! Coastal Skipper is an advanced course open to experienced sailors only, which teaches you to skipper a yacht by day or night anywhere in the Mediterranean. With tuition from our highly qualified Instructors, this course will gather people with similar aspirations, prepared to be challenge and become sailing experts, as well as enjoy great on-board lifestyle. During the course you will also complete a Yachtmaster qualifying passage of at least 60 nautical miles and of course enjoy the Gree blue waters and sun!

For Who?

If you’re planning on sailing across the Mediterranean Sea and confront stronger weather and waters.

You are 16 years old and above and you have completed your Day Skipper Practical.

You have already experienced many days at sea, including skipper shifts and night hours and. If not yet we recommend you to follow a Day Skipper Course first.

Knowledge about coastal / yachtmaster theory is required.

What will you learn?

The skills to be a competent skipper with good theoretical knowledge and practical applications. This course covers more advanced aspects of sailing: passage planning, pilotage by day and night, advanced boat handling under sail, safety procedures, dealing with high winds and rough water, and how to manage emergency situations.

You’ll get plenty of practice in “Med mooring” and manoeuvring the yacht in tight situations to build your expertise and confidence.

Assessment is based on how well you have performed your practical and navigation tasks during your time on board. No final exam! If your instructor declare that you are competent and safe to take on a yacht out to sea in rougher conditions, you will be complete the course.

What is included?

Your own yacht cabin on board (only to share with your partner if applicable) with all the necessary items for your comfort: bedding and linens, towels, pillows.

Your RYA course book. You will receive a hard copy when arriving in Aegina.

Your RYA Logbook to keep track of all your progress and experiences.

If you succeed: the RYA Coastal Skipper photo-ID certificate, which can be used to charter a yacht in most areas of the world.

Price List Coastal Skipper

High SeasonMid-SeasonLow Season
July - August - SeptemberMay - June - OctoberMarch - April - November
5-Day RYA Coastal Skipper course (single cabin)€1,475€1,375€1,150
5-Day RYA Coastal Skipper course (shared cabin)€1,275€1,175€950
SRC Marine Radio€50€50€50
Classroom – Week Theory Course – RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased€850€850€850
Start Yachting - Weekend€450€450€450

All prices for practical courses include all yachts expenses, breakfast and lunch. All activities ashore and dinner are at your own expense. Your travel expenses to get to Aegina are not covered.

You desire more privacy? We offer private versions of all our courses! Depending on the season, the type of boats, and the number of days, from €3,700 up to €7,950, you can book a yacht for yourself and friends/family to enjoy your time in a more intimate setting while learning the skills you want to complete. A qualified instructor will stay on board at all time to ensure safety but our team is used to not disturb your privacy. You can contact us and ask for more info and/or select “private” when enquiring a course.

Find out more

Coastal Skipper is the lowest level of RYA Yachtmaster course. If you’d like to refresh your knowledge beforehand, there are books and e-books available from the RYA shop. Click here to see more details and to order your copy.

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