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Course Details

Course provided by Pacific Sailing School
Located at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
Student Instructor ratio: 1 to 10
Course Duration: 6 days
Course certificate and materials included

RYA Syllabus

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased Course

Course Duration

  • 45 hours Part Time or full time

Recommended Previous Experience:

  • Knowledge equivalent to the shore based Day Skipper Course

Assumed knowledge:

  • Navigation to Day Skipper standard and practical experience

Ability after course:

  • Understands the principles of navigating for coastal and offshore passages

Course Overview:

  • Navigation, meteorology, collision avoidance, safety and passage planning


  • Please note: Our virtual RYA Yachtmaster courses and exams are conducted via Zoom  –  the certificate will be issued un-invigilated. For most people this will not matter but for those wishing to move up the RYA/MCA qualification commercial ladder,  it means the course is invalid.

    Update – If you require the exam Invigilated  (face to face exanination) an additional fee of $200 per 4 hour session with 2 sessions required – cost shared if 2 persons attending the exam at the same time)


The RYA Coastal Skipper /Yachtmaster theory course is an advanced course that builds on the knowledge gained on the Day Skipper shore based course. It is aimed at yachties and motor boaters who are 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 Yacht Master Skipper or Yacht Master Offshore practical exams. It 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. Meteorology includes getting and the interpretation of forecasts, the plotting of weather systems and weather prediction.

We will learn to use the information when planning and executing passage plans. The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea are covered in detail and we 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 a good knowledge of the collision regulations before attending.

On this course students will sit three exams and will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yacht Master Offshore Shore based Certificate.