Coastal Skipper Practical – Program Description

  • Provides advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, who want to undertake coastal passages by day and night
  • Like the Day Skipper Practical course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations; trainees will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations
  • It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence
  • Your theory knowledge must be to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore Theory shore-based course as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week of practical training
  • Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions
  • Pre-course experience – 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
  • Assumed knowledge – boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shore-based Coastal Skipper
  • Minimum duration – 5 days
  • Minimum age – 17
  • By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to apply for an independent Yachtmaster™ exam and you should be able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

Course Content

  • 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