For those looking to undertake more complex passages, perhaps offshore or at night, this course is a must for those looking to work towards taking the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.

This is an intensive course covering advanced navigation techniques including – position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge including secondary port calculations, navigation in restricted visibility, Admiralty publications and electronic position finding equipment. The meteorology tuition includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction. Students are shown how to use this information when planning and executing passage plans. The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea are dealt with in detail and you will also learn more about yacht stability and safety offshore.

It is strongly recommended that students have a good grasp of theory subjects to Day Skipper standard and have thoroughly revised the Collision Regulations before attending.

During the course students sit three exams and on successful completion of all three will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Certificate.

We offer this course either via the Navathome route with one to one tuition or for 3 candidates or more we can put together a bespoke course, delivered either in your own home, office or classroom, Please contact us for details.


Pre course experience
Assumed knowledge
Minimum duration
Minimum age
Course Duration
Course Content
Theory Pack Contents
After course ability
Navigation to Day Skipper Shorebased standard
40 hours with 3 exam papers
The course takes approximately 50-60 hours with a long assessment of 3 parts
(IRPCS:1.5 hours, Passage Making A:1.5 hours and Passage Making B:2 hours).
These can be taken in one sitting or as 3 separate papers.
Position, magnetic compass, tides, tidal steams, buoyage, lights, pilotage, GNSS and chart plotters, echo sounders, logs (speed and distance measuring, deck log, meteorology, Rules of the road, safety at sea, navigation in restricted visibility, passage planning and marine environment.
RYA Training charts, RYA Exercises booklet, RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased notes booklet, RYA Training Almanac, A plotter and dividers set may be purchased separately.
Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal passages both day and night.