RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course

RYA Coastal Skipper practical course


Sunsail’s Coastal Skipper Practical course is the next step on from the RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory courses. 

The Coastal Skipper course content is designed to equip students with strong boat handling and navigational skills in tidal waters. It provides them with the knowledge and experience to handle sailing in coastal passages by day and night.

The course includes instruction in passage planning, preparing a yacht for sea (including engine checks and safety briefing), and dealing with emergency situations at sea.

At the core of the Coastal Skipper practical course is the honing and reinforcing of the assertive leadership skills that are key to the making of a safe, confident skipper.


  • Shore-based UK course
  • The next step following your Day Skipper courses
  • Suitable for advanced sailors
  • Advanced navigation techniques

Where to take this course with Sunsail

Portsmouth, UK

Course information

Class size: 5:1 maximum ratio

What’s included: 5 nights’ accommodation on board the yacht. Breakfast and lunch on board. Certificate awarded upon successful completion of the course.

Recommended pre-course experience: 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours. Navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course.

Why take this course with Sunsail?

The Sunsail Coastal Skipper practical course is the next step from your Coastal Skipper or Yacht Master theory assessment and Day Skipper practical course, providing you with the knowledge to safely and assertively skipper your yacht on more demanding passages.

Upon completion of the Coastal Skipper practical course, you’ll have become an advanced and confident skipper, with good boat handling and navigational skills in tidal waters. You will also be able to clearly understand chart work and electronic techniques, demonstrating strong leadership and sailing skills by day and night.

To book your course or to find out more:

For dates and availability please contact our UK sailing school on 02394 350 505 or learn@prometheus-sailing.co.uk

Course syllabus

Passage planning

Preparation for sea


Passage making and ability as skipper:

Yacht handling under power

Yacht handling under sail

Adverse weather conditions

Emergency situations

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