RYA Coastal Skipper /
Yachtmaster Offshore

Theory Course

RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore
Theory Course

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  • Fully Animated & Interactive Lessons
  • Southern Hemisphere Syllabus
  • Multi Device Support
  • Study At Your Own Pace
  • Proven Pass Rate
  • No Classroom Pressure
  • RYA, MCA, Australian Sailing recognised
  • Post course access
  • Plotter & Brass Dividers - Additional $50
  • 6 Months Initial Access - Extra 6 Months For $60
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Navigate By Day & Night

Gain essential skills to navigate coastal waters by day and night. From mastering charts and navigating with precision to understanding tides, position fixing, course calculation, weather forecasting, meteorology and navigation aids, this course equips you with the knowledge and practical skills needed for coastal sailing.

Is this course right for you?

The RYA Coastal Skipper course is designed for sailors who already have a foundation knowledge of navigation, tides, and basic seamanship skills gained with the completion of the RYA Day Skipper course.

This course is suitable for commercial endorsement. For more information, Click here

Completing the course typically takes around 40 hours of dedicated study. To assess your understanding, there are quizzes and exercises to help you gain a better understanding of each module. A final assessment is completed at the end of the course, consisting of two parts, of approximately 1.5 hours each - which are completed consecutively.

Upon successful completion, this course awards the RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased theory certificate.


The RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory course is designed to meet the requirements for attendance onto the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course and the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Examinations. In order to enroll onto this course, you must have previously completed the RYA Day Skipper theory or alternatively, if you have not formalised your existing knowledge you can complete our FastTrack to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory Course.

The course is approximately 50 hours of study, followed by an assessment consisting of three parts: IRPCS (1.5 hours), Chartwork (2 hours), and Passage Making (3.5 hours).

Upon successful completion, this course awards the RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased theory certificate.

"Commercial Endorsements"

For the Australian SailMaster Certificate of Competence, or to become an RYA instructor, there is no requirement for your exam to be invigilated. However, if your plan is to work on a British flagged vessel under the MCA code of practice, we can assist in arranging invigilation with a suitable RYA recognised training centre worldwide.

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" There is a real person on the other end of this online course. This makes a massive difference when it comes to getting feedback on your passage planning. I learnt a surprisingly large amount that I could transfer to my hands on experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone else looking to acquire skipper skills "


All courses are completed online, study at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.


RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore

Chart basics:

  • How to use the chart and check chart datum.
  • Checking and making chart corrections.

Compass variation and deviation:

  • Variation and deviation explained using animated drawings and sketches.
  • Solving problems of healing error and dip.

All about tides:

  • Tidal terminology.
  • Using tide tables advanced.
  • Using and working out secondary port information.
  • Using and applying time zones.
  • Tidal stream and the tidal stream atlas.
  • Working with tidal diamonds.
  • Using the computations of rates graph.

Position fixing:

  • Dead reckoning and working up an estimated position taking into account tides and leeway.
  • Techniques for visual fixing.

Course to steer :

  • Plotting a compass course to steer taking into account tides, leeway, time zones and computation of rates.

Electronic aids to navigation:

  • Including the free Navathome radar simulator, use of GPS, chart navigation systems, AIS and much more.

Passage planning:

  • Planning routes, routines and watch systems.
  • Execution and monitoring a passage.

Visual aids to navigation:

  • Buoyage and lights.
  • Leading lines and lights.
  • Distance off by rising and dipping.

Safety at Sea:

  • Essential safety practices and equipment onboard.
  • Handling life rafts, life jackets, and flares.
  • Mayday calls and communication during emergency situations.


Our goal is to assist you by addressing common questions and offering valuable information about our courses and services. If you’re unable to find the specific answer you’re seeking, we encourage you to reach out to our dedicated team. We are always ready to provide further assistance and support.



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