South Africa
Atlantic Yachting


RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory:

The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects in the Day Skipper Course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper Course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time table.

  • Position
  • The magnetic compass
  • Tides
  • Tidal Streams
  • Buoyage
  • Lights
  • Pilotage
  • GPS and chart plotter
  • Echo sounders
  • Logs
  • Deck Log
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Safety at sea
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Passage Planning
  • Marine Environment


RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Practical:

the aim of the course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht (7-15m LOA) safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night

  • Passage Planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations


Exam Preparation Week:

This course is designed to revise the theoretical and practical aspects of the RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Exams. It is assumed that all aspects of boat handling and theory are familiar to the students and only revision is required.

  • Practical navigation
  • Boat Handling (sailing on and off docks, ferry gliding, blind navigation, picking up moorings, tidal stream work etc)
  • General Seamanship
  • Responsibilities of Skipper
  • Safety checks & briefing


RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Exam:

  • Passage Plan
  • Practical exam with external examiner