Online RYA Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper

Course information



40 hours

Course Description

This is an advanced course for those who want to take a Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster course and examination. Before taking this course you must have passed an RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course, or equivalent. It is not suitable for those who have only taken an ENS or other basic navigation course. Please contact us if you need guidance as to whether this course is appropriate for you.

The RYA Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper Shorebased course is delivered by Navathome, an RYA centre who specialise in online and distance learning. You can either book directly with Navathome or, if you would prefer to make a single payment for your courses, we can include the Navathome course in your booking with us and can enrol you in their course on your behalf. Please note that your contract for the online course will be with Navathome, not us. You can see their Terms & Conditions here.

Navathome will send you the course pack and navigation instruments and will be responsible for delivering the course and giving support.

Please note that this is a 4o to 50 hours course. Before enrolling in the course please ensure you will have the time and discipline to complete it.

If you need advice as to whether this course is suitable for you, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.

What You’ll Learn

The Coastal Yachtmaster builds on the knowledge you attained during your Day Skipper theory course. You will tackle more complex navigation exercises and including some additional subjects.

  • Introduction to chart work:– chart familiarisation, points of the compass, latitude and longitude, position of an object, using a Portland type plotter, finding position on a chart.
  • Tidal heights and streams:– what causes tides, terminology, tidal height calculations, using tide tables, using the tidal curve, secondary ports, computation of rates, tidal streams using tidal diamonds and the tidal stream atlas.
  • Position fixing:– compass variation, compass deviation, position fixing using various methods, dead reckoning and estimated position.
  • Course to steer:– How to plot a course to steer taking into account tidal flow and leeway, how to maintain an accurate ground track.
  • GPS:– Abbreviations and terminology, how to use a GPS, raster and vector charts and updating charts.
  • Buoyage and pilotage:– Available information, identification of buoys and their lights and shapes, using forward and back bearings, using tidal graphs.
  • Safety:– Safety briefs, mayday and rescue, life jackets, abandon ship, actions in fog and radar reflectors.
  • Meteorology:– Weather forecasts, weather systems, global effects, local effects, highs and lows and sources of weather information.
  • Passage planning:– Puts everything together to form a plan for a safe passage taking into account pilotage for entering and leaving marinas and tides, conditions and wind direction for the main passage.
  • Collision regulations:– General regulations, lights, shapes, sound signals, collision avoidance, stand on and give way.
  • Passage making:– Making a longer passage taking into account tidal heights, streams, port entry and exit, weather, ports of refuge, waypoints, crew management and supplies.

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