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The RYA Coastal Skipper tidal practical is a 5 day 'skippering' course for yachtsmen and women who have a knowledge of sailing and navigation and are aspiring to skipper cruising yachts safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.

We advise you to have attended the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course, or have knowledge to that level, as your instructor will not have time to additionally teach the theory syllabus during the week.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night as well as being able to handle the yacht in more demanding situations and conditions. It is a satisfying but intensive week and this course will help you gain the confidence on coastal passages.

You should be proficient at sailing and have some skippering experience of at least;

  • 15 days sea time (2 as skipper)
  • 300 recorded miles
  • 8 night hours

Your knowledge of coastal navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of Coastal Skipper Shorebased.

Minimum Age: 17

What’s Included?

You will be coached over the RYA course syllabus as you live aboard one of the school's yachts.

  • All meals are provided for the duration of the course including a home cooked wholesome and hearty evening meal, exactly what you need after a day’s sailing and learning!
  • Accommodation on board – you are required to bring a sleeping bag along with you
  • Parking – available at Suffolk Yacht Harbour
  • All mooring fees, safety equipment, fuel and tuition from one of our experienced RYA instructors.

Maximum teaching ratio - 4:1 

Course language - English

Five day course - Five consecutive days on board, commencing at 2030 hours on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Certificate.

Holders of this certificate wll be able to obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) - this is a certificate which is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries. You will often be required to show this when chartering vessels abroad.

If the weather is not looking great or is forecast to be a bit chilly or windy you can hire wet weather gear from us.

Musto Waterproofs available in S, M, L, XL and XXL. £20.00 for a weekend course & £30.00 for a week course.

You are expected to bring the following comfort pack items with you; however if you don't want to bring your best duck down pillow or you haven't got a sleeping bag, don't worry you can hire a comfort pack from us!

A Comfort Pack comprises of a freshly laundered sleeping bag with liner, pillow, pillow case and towel - £15.00

Passage Planning

Knowledge of the effects of fouling on boat speed and fuel consumption

Understands fuel consumption at different speeds and can calculate fuel required for a passage including reserve

Understanding of the customs procedure

Understands stability

Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy.

Preparation for Sea

Is aware of the safety equipment required for offshore passages

Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities, equipment and engine checks


Can prepare a pilotage plan with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.

Can pilot a yacht by day and night

Passage Making and Ability as Skipper

Understands the practical use of intergrated electronic aids to navigation, includin AIS, Radar, Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs), and Raster Navigational Charts (RNCs)

Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew

Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage

Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends

Is aware of crew welfare on passage

Can use electronic navigation equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes

Yacht Handling Under Power

Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power including all berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide

Avoid uneccessary use of power

Yacht Handling Under Sail

Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space

Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide

Can sail efficiently on all points of sail, including downwind

Adverse Weather Conditions

How to handle a yacht in very strong winds

Understands general conduct in restricted visability

Preparation for heavy weather

Navigate in restricted visability 

Emergency Situations

Recovery of man overboard under power and sail

Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues

How to carry out the aftercare requirements on a casulty who has been in the water 

Describe to a crew member the effects of cold-water shock on a casulty who has been in the water

Course Availability

5 Day Course

Date Availability Price Book
03rd October '21 Fully Booked £695.00 Unavailable
07th November '21 Fully Booked £695.00 Unavailable
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