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Yachtmaster Coastal Prep Week

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The RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises. 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 1250€

Students at the helm of the Catamaran

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

  • Minimum of 8 night hours on board a sailing yacht.

Our advice is to pick up the RYA Yachtmaster Handbook and have a 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

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

Student tying a OXO knot during the night sail
Students and Skipper smiling in a selfie

What's Included

  • Basic Food Provisions

  • Accommodation

  • Towels

  • Bedding

  • Life Jackets

  • Fuel and Marina Costs

*Please note that the Exam Fee of £231 is to be paid directly to Examiner (price correct as of October 2023) and therefore not included*

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.

Student at the helm of the sunseeker during a night sail

Post Course

White flag displaying the sail and power logo

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.


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