RYA Coastal Skipper Practical

Advanced skippering course, advanced boat handing under sail and power.

Course information

The RYA Coastal Skipper course aims to provide the knowledge and skills required to skipper a yacht and manage a crew in unfamiliar waters, by day and night.

Over the 5 days your instructor will take you through more advanced maneuvres under sail, tricky berthing situations, and advanced boat handling. The level of navigation and theory is higher too – most people will come on this course having completed a Coastal/Yachtmaster Shorebased course.

This course can be followed with an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam if required, which can in turn be commercially endorsed. The RYA Charge a separate fee for this, and an external examiner will need to come down. We usually undertake some longer passages out of the Solent on this course, with destinations including Chichester harbour and the waters to the East of the Solent, and Poole, Weymouth, Christchurch and other areas to the West of the Solent.

Successfull completion

Successful candidates will be awarded an RYA Coastal Skipper Practical certificate. Successful completion of a course will give you the confidence to perform advanced boat handling under sail and power, have indepth tide and wind awareness and manage crew and yacht over longer passages.

If you wish to have your certification endorsed by the RYA/MCA, for commercial use, you will be awarded the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate.

Other information

Age requirements: 11 to 17 accompanied by parent or guardian. Over 18 – no guardian required!

Experience for RYA Coastal Skipper:  15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hour. A knowledge of navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory level

Experience for RYA Yachtmaster Coastal:   20 days at sea, 400 miles, 2 days as skipper, 12 night hours, SRC, First Aid, minimum age – 18. A knowledge of navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory level

Duration: 5 days. Start time of the course 18.00, end time of the course 15.00, one more day for MCA Endorsement

What’s included: All food on board, fuel, marina fees, pillow and pillow case

What’s not included: Sleeping bag hire (available at £15 per 5 days), wet weather gear hire (available at £25 per 5 days). For details of what you should bring with you, please refer here

Support courses: VHF, First Aid


£695 or

£795 (MCA Endorsement)

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  • 02 – 07 March
  • 07 – 12 March
  • 06 – 11 April
  • 11 – 16 April
  • 27 April – 02 May
  • 02 – 07 May
  • 01 – 06 June
  • 06 – 11 June
  • 13 – 18 July
  • 18 – 23 July
  • 17 – 22 August
  • 22 – 27 August
  • 07 – 12 September
  • 12 – 17 September
  • 05 – 10 October
  • 10 – 15 October
  • 02 – 07 November
  • 07 – 12 November

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I came for a 5 days course and it was freeezing! I did come in February though, so serves me right. There was a proper heater onboard though, so we we fine. The course structure was excellent, Aubrey [instructor] really knew his stuff and it was fun. Lots of mooring, which is what I was after. Feel much more confident now, and thanks for the pies, v. good 🙂

James Clover

IT Consultant

Staying in a different marina every night was the highlight for me. This is what cruising is about, I guess, so not coming back to Mercury was ideal, I got to know the Solent pretty well. Lee [instructor] was good at stepping back and letting us do it ourselves, which was very useful. Thanks again, and see you next year!

Dan Collier


Hi guys, just a quick note to say THANKS! I was really nervous, but it was all good in the end. We just practiced every day and little by little I figured it out, I can moor! Still a little nervous, but the basics are there now, I understand what needs to be done. I’ll come back for the mile building, I think. All in all, the course was well structured, very much hands on and I liked the boat, very plush :J Thanks for a great week!

Elena Godfrey

Projects director, WorldVision UK