Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore

Advanced theory course in navigation & passage planning

Coastal Yachtmaster theory student using more advanced navigation techniques on a course with Bay Sea School..

This course takes your theory knowledge to the standard required for both the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams. The course is taught by North West expert John Parlane, Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner. 

Next Course - Saturdays; 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th February, 2nd & 9th March 2024, 9.30am to 5pm.

Venue; Morecambe, Lancashire, Northwest

Course fee: £375

There are three assessments: Chartwork, Rules of the Road and Passage Making. You will be awarded a certificate on successful completion of the course.

What is a Yachtmaster?

Extend your theory skills on this Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course. Learn how to plan longer passages offshore by day and night.

Please note: You can study this more advanced theory course without having to complete a Day Skipper practical course first. 

Main Topics

  • Precise secondary port calculations
  • Using electronic navigation backed up with traditional chartwork
  • Passage planning for greater distances using many tides and changing weather forecasts
  • Full knowledge of the collision regulations
  • Three assessment papers; passage planning, chartwork & collision regulations

Links to resources:
Met Office weather
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Symbols and Abbreviations - chart 5011

Book John's next Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster theory course to get the benefit of his 30 years of sail cruising experience.

The course cost includes the RYA course pack and certificate. You'll need to provide your own course plotter & dividers.

Date Time Places Left
Saturdays; 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th February, 2nd & 9th March 2024 9.30 am 12

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What the RYA say about this course

"The Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster shorebased course is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates aiming to achieve the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects covered in the Day Skipper course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper (theory) course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available.
The assumed level of knowledge before starting this course is the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course.
Students are required to have a full knowledge of the 'International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' by the end of the course. However, there is insufficient time available in the course to teach the subject fully".

At Bay Sea School, we'd recommend you read this book: 'RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' (G2), available from all good bookshops!

Plotter & Dividers

A plotter & dividers is essential.

Rules of the Road

RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

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NP5011 Symbols and Abbreviations used on Admiralty Charts

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6 Day Courses

Location: Morecambe.

Included in the course fee: Course pack, course completion certificate, refreshments.

Duration: 40 hours plus homework and assessments.

Student to instructor ratio 12:1