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Coastal Skipper Practical

Royal Yachting Association

Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Like the Day Skipper course, this can be taken under Sail or Power. The 5 day course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

From 1250€

Students at the helm of a catamaran

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

  • 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.

Course Syllabus

The RYA Coastal Skipper Course is a 5-day 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​a​

Start and Finish Location: Estepona

Student and skipper going over theory during a night sail
Student at the helm of our motor yacht

What's Included

  • Basic Food Provisions

  • Accommodation

  • Towels

  • Bedding

  • Life Jackets

  • Fuel and Marina Costs

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.

Catamaran sails blowing in the wind
Successful students in front of the Sail & Power sign

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!


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