RYA Coastal Skipper – Practical – Venture Sailing

RYA Coastal Skipper – Practical


Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. 

This course is an ideal building block between Day Skipper course and the full Yachtmaster examination course. The course is designed to give an experienced Day Skipper the confidence and practice to undertake longer more complex passages which may involve sailing at night or involve watch keeping systems.

Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. During the RYA Coastal Skipper course your instructor will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping, preparation for sea and handling heavy weather. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the yacht. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the yacht and have at least 4 hours night sailing. Weather permitting the yacht will undertake a longer coastal passage.

At the successful completion of the RYA Coastal Skipper course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate and will be able to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently.


  • RYA Coastal Skipper 
  • 5 Days Practical Training 
  • Some experience necessary 
  • RYA Instructor 
  • Free use of wet weather gear 
  • Discover the Solent from a new viewpoint
  • Visit many of the ports around the solent 
  • All yachts MCA coded for your safety 
  • Morden fleet of yachts 
  • RYA recognised training school
  • All morning fees included 
  • All food eaten onboard 
You will meet your crew and instructor for the 5-day practical course at 7pm on the Sunday evening before the course starts on Monday morning. The first evening is relaxed, and a chance to get to know each other over a crew meal ashore. The next morning you will prepare to set sail and you will spend the next 5 days exploring the Solent and South Coast. The route you take and the ports you visit will be weather dependent – and part of the course will cover appropriate route planning.
You will return about 3.30pm on the final Friday.
Pre-course experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours also an assumed knowledge of Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore
By the end of the course you will have experienced 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
Unless otherwise agreed we will meet the the at 1900 on the evening before at 
East Cowes marina 

Britannia Way 
East Cowes 
Isle of Wight 
PO32 6UB
United Kingdom

By prior arraignment we can also meet at Southampton Town Quay and also Portsmouth Harbour 

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