Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster OffshoreShorebased


This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.  It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves onto advanced navigation techniques.


Course topics include

  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanac and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.


As with the Day Skipper Shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.


Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere versions of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.


The course is taught over a minimum of 40 hours with three exam papers.  It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive course of typically 7 or 8 days.


Please note, your navigation theory skills sould be at the level of Day Skipper, if you are not sure what this means please get in touch so we can make sure you sign up for the course that is right for you.