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Coastal Skipper

This 5-day practical course is designed for day skippers looking to advance their skills or fast track students.

From 1,250 Euros

Coastal Skipper

This five-day practical course is designed to improve your skills as a skipper and teach you advanced techniques that will help you develop into the Skipper you have always wanted to become.

From 1,250 Euros

The ratio of student to instructor is  Max 4:1 (usually 3:1)

Pre Course Requirements

The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course requires that you complete the RYA Coastal / Yachtmaster Theory shore-based course to ensure you have the navigational skills required for the practical.


You must have completed 15 days ( 2 of which, being the Skipper) of sailing, 300 nautical miles and a minimum of 8 night hours on board a sailing yacht.

Our advice is to pick up the RYA Yachtmaster Handbook and have a stress free read through so you are familiar with some of the vocabulary used on yachts.

*All sailing courses require a certain amount of physical activity.  If you are unsure as to your ability to take part in a course please contact us to discuss.

Pre Course Requirements

What to Bring

Sailors are exposed to the elements and must always be prepared for 4 seasons. Due to limited storage on board, we always recommend you bring lightweight clothing to suit all possible weather scenarios. Key things to bring include;

  • Sun Protection 

  • Sun Glasses 

  • Boat Friendly Shoes

  • Passport 

  • Shorts & T-shirts 

  • Light Trousers 

  • Bathing Equipment 

  • Lightweight Jumper or Jacket 

  • Personal Care Equipment (Shampoo, Deodorant, prescription Medicines)

  • Anti Sea Sickness Tablets - especially if not an experienced sailor.

What To Bring

Course Syllabus

The RYA Coastal Skipper course is a 5-day course (12 days if both Practical & Theory in the classroom, there is an online option for the theory course) that starts at 0930 and finishes at variable times depending on the day.


The Course Syllabus includes:

  • Preparation for sea

  • Passage Planning

  • Passage making & ability as skipper

  • Emergency Situations

  • Adverse weather conditions

  • Yacht handling under power

  • Yacht handling under sail

  • Passage making

  • Night cruising

Start and Finish Location: Estepona

Course Syllabus

What's Included

1,250 Euros inclusive of;

  • Welcome drinks on arrival

  • Breakfast & Lunch for the first 2 days of your course (Self-provisioning by individuals will be required after this).

  • 6 nights accommodation onboard the training yacht

  • Own Cabin

  • Use of life jackets

  • Marina fees

  • Fuel for the duration of the course

  • Clean Bed Linen and towels

What´s Included

Post Course

The RYA Coastal Skipper is the highest level of course in the RYA scheme. After being awarded your Coastal Skipper Certificate, with a lot more sailing miles under your belt you will be ready to take on the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam! As a Yachtmaster, you will have the knowledge and skills to skipper a yacht in adverse conditions and become a commercially endorsed skipper able to work within the maritime industry.

Post Course

See Our Full Range Of Courses

Click on the course type to find out what courses are available

Marbella Sailing School is not just about being out on the water. Part of the RYA curriculum includes theory-based courses and vital skill training including First Aid & VHF Courses.

View all of our practical courses right here. Take to the sea and discover the joys of yachting while learning from experienced instructors who will make sure you learn & most importantly, have a good time.

For those looking to go from Zero to Hero, look no further than our Fast Track programs. Each one individually designed for your needs, whether it be for Charter or Professional work within the maritime industry.

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