RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Theory
40 Hours: £475.00
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This is an advanced course which follows on from the RYA Day Skipper Theory. This course will develop further knowledge and skills on navigation, pilotage, collision regulations and meteorology.
It is for sailors and motor boaters who are looking at embarking on difficult passages, for example, offshore and/or at night. This course is also a must for anyone wishing to take a RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exam.
Previous experience - Due to the update in the coastal skipper syllabus it is essential that your revise the RYA Day Skipper course before you attend this RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster course, especially if you have not recently completed the day skipper or used the skills practically. If you need help with this please contact us to arrange additional training or advice on what materials to use.
The course is taught over 40 hours of classroom study plus three assessment papers.
You will be coached over the RYA Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster theory syllabus by one of our experienced instructors.
- Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster offshore theory book
- Practice Almanac
- Practice Charts
- Access to the online RYA chart plotter
- Tea and Coffee (Only courses at EASS)
You will need to bring a laptop or tablet along with the RYA chart plotter already downloaded, we will send you your access code before your course.
We have a number of different options for completing the RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore theory course.
The six day classroom course at East Anglian Sea School can be taken over:
Consecutive days: A non-residential course available over six days commencing Saturdays at 0930h and ending approximately 1700h Thursday.
Over Two weekends: A non-residential course available over two weekends.
- 2 x 3 day weekends: commencing Saturday at 0930h and ending approximately 1730h Monday
Evening Classes - Evening classes take place at East Anglian Sea School - Starting October each year. 10 weeks before Christmas and 10 weeks after. The coastal skipper Yachtmaster offshore evening class takes place on a Thursday night commencing at 1930h each week.
Distance Learning: We offer the option of a correspondence course online - Work through the syllabus anywhere in the world at your own pace with this option.
RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Certificate
Local Accommodation – if you need accommodation for the theory part of the course we can recommend a self-contained studio flat ‘The Sail Loft’ which is available within walking distance from the Marina where our classrooms are based. Please check availability with us.
Dead reckoning and estimated position
Use of waypoints to fix position
Techniques of visual fixing
Fixes using a mixture of position lines
Relative accuracy of different methods of position fixing
Area of uncertainty
The magnetic compass
Allowance for variation
Change of variation with time and position
Causes of deviation
Swing for deviation (but not correction)
Allowance for deviation
Different types of compass
Causes of tide – Springs and Neaps
Tide tables – sources
Tidal levels and datum
Standard and secondary ports
Tide anomalies (Solent, etc.)
Sources of tidal information
Tidal stream information in sailing directions and Yachtsmen’s Almanacs
Allowance for tidal streams in computing a course to steer
Tide rips, overfalls and races
Tidal observation buoys, beacons etc.
IALA system buoyage in Region A
Limitations of buoys as navigational aids
Ranges – visual, luminous and nominal
Rising and dipping distances
Harbour regulations and control signals
Methods of pre-planning
Use of soundings
Transits and leading lines
GPS and chart plotters
Principles of operation and limitations of use
Raster and vector charts
Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source and keeping a separate record of position
Importance of paper charts
Principles of operation and limitations of use
Logs (speed and distance measuring)
Principles of operation limitations of use
Importance of log as yacht’s official document
Layout of log, hourly and occasional entries
Basic terms, the Beaufort scale b. Air masses c. Cloud types d. Weather patterns associated with pressure and frontal systems e. Sources of weather forecasts f. Ability to interpret a shipping forecast, weatherfax and weather satellite information g. Land and sea breezes h. Sea fog i. Use of barometer as a forecasting aid
Rules of the Road
A sound knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, except Annexes 1 and 3
Safety at Sea
Personal safety, use of lifejackets, safety harnesses and lifelines
Fire prevention and fire fighting
Coastguard and Boat Safety Scheme
Preparation for heavy weather
Liferafts and helicopter rescue
Understanding of capabilities of vessel and basic knowledge of stability
Navigation in restricted visibility
Precautions to be taken in fog
Limitations to safe navigation imposed by fog
Navigation in poor visibility
Preparation of charts and notebook for route planning and making, and use at sea
Customs regulations as they apply to yachts
Routine for navigating in coastal waters
Strategy for course laying
Use of waypoints and routes
Use of weather forecast information for passage planning strategy
Sources of local and national regulations
The responsibility to minimise pollution and protect the marine environment.
2 Weekends (2 x 3 day weekend inc Monday)
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Evening Class (24 weeks)
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