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Yachtmaster Coastal

The RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises

From 1,450 Euros

Yachtmaster Coastal

Yachtmaster™ Coastal practical exams can be taken under sail or power and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly. You or a training centre provide the boat and the RYA provides an examiner.

From 1,250 Euros

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

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Pre Course Requirements

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal course requires that you have an SRC VHF certificate & a valid First aid at sea certificate.


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
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Course Syllabus

There is no formal training course leading up to the exam, but those who have not previously taken RYA courses often find it useful to book themselves in for some informal training at an RYA centre prior to their exam.


This training can be tailor-made to your specific needs and helps to fill any gaps in your knowledge that may become apparent. This is often referred to as a Yachtmaster “Prep” week


A Prep Week typically  includes:

  • Preparation for sea

  • Passage Planning (the examiner will set you a Passage Plan to prepare during the week)

  • Pilotage

  • Passage making & ability as skipper

  • Emergency Situations

  • Adverse weather conditions

  • Yacht handling under power

  • Yacht handling under sail

  • Passage making

  • Night cruising

  • Collision Regulations

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 not included

  • Yachtmaster Exam Fee (Approx. 231 GBP)

What´s Included

Post Course

After being awarded your Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence you will have the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises but not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.


The next step will be to gain some serious experience either sailing on your own yacht, with friends or on a Milebuilder.  When you have 2500 sailing miles under your belt you may be ready to take on the ultimate goal of any skipper!  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

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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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