RYA Coastal Skipper

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You will sail approximately 100 nautical miles.

Upon successful completion you will be able to manage inshore and coastal passages by day and night with confidence and be able to enter familiar marinas with the application of your advanced navigation, skippering and pilotage skills.

This course only mixes with Competent Crew so you can bring friends and family who want to share the experience with you and learn the ropes for the first time whilst you are perfecting your skippering skills. Also suited to those who are already a Day Skipper but don't feel ready for the Coastal Skipper but would like to join us afloat for the five days and experience the more advanced techniques with a Yachtmaster Instructor.

Course Overview:
You’ll be onboard with one of our experienced RYA Yachtmaster instructors. Their first job will be to assess your strengths and weaknesses. As the week progresses, they will help you tackle any particular areas of weakness, highlight your strengths and increase your confidence when making decisions. We’ll provide you with robust feedback throughout and emphasize exactly what else will be expected during the exam. As this qualification is considered to be the pinnacle of RYA training, we make every attempt to ensure the correct skill mix on board the yacht. We will never schedule a Yachtmaster Preparation week with RYA Day Skippers on board in order to ensure maximum attention is given to the candidates. It is our policy that we will never have more than 5 students on board in order to allow a thorough examination to take place and for you to gain a qualification to be proud of.

All RYA courses and exams are delivered in English.


More information on the Coastal Skipper Course

Previous experience required

The Coastal Skipper Practical course is suitable for experienced sailors who are already competent at Day Skipper level practically and  have achieved their RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased.

You should arrive with a minimum of 15 days sea time and 300nm, you will have already logged 2 days in charge of a sailing yacht as skipper and have eight hours of night sailing hours.


Make sure your theory is up to speed on a Coastal Skipper level. You can book an online theory course on the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore level with us here.

The VHF SRC Radio Course is an essential addition to the Coastal Skipper course since all charter and flotilla companies require one person to hold a valid radio license. This is easily added to your course package as an online study course prior to you arriving and a short assessment session whilst on your course. For more info follow this link.

Course contents

You will take charge of the yacht on a series of short passages by day and night. You’ll be expected to lead your crew, navigate confidently and handle your boat efficiently and safely under power and sail, out at sea and in a confined space. You will also have the opportunity to learn how to set the yacht for downwind sailing with a poled out headsail or, weather permitting, a spinnaker. We’ll give you the chance to tackle a range of challenging scenarios, practice weather forecasting, application of collision regulations, pilotage and passage planning.

What's next?

At the end of the RYA Coastal Skipper course you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on longer passages by day and night. Students who succesfully tick all boxes of the syllabus are awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper certificate. A decent ticket to be proud off.

Now it's time to build miles and experience. Make sure the skills will be finetuned and don't fade. Step aboard of one of our training trips in Brittany or along the European coast. When you reach the mileage requirement for the Yachtmaster Offshore, contact our office to plan your prepweek and exam: https://www.zeezeilers.nl/cursusaanbod/jachtschipper/rya-coastalskipper-or-rya-yachtmasterprep

Covid & hygiene

Hygiene, health and safety is of great importance. Please be aware that living on board with a couple of people in a confined space demands hygiene is top priority. We keep a sharp eye on the latest (international) developments regarding Covid. At the moment there are no special measures or regulations on board.

Please stay at home if you have any symptoms and have yourself tested. Contact the office if you are not able to participate on the course.

Packing list etc.

You can find a detailed packing list and more joining instructions here.

Other participants

Most people come alone
The male/female rate is about 60/40
Ages differ, on average 25-50 years

The yacht

These courses are held on our Centurion 41 and occassionally on our V44. You can find more info on the boats here: https://www.dutchoffshoresailingacademy.com/wie-zijn-zeezeilschool-de-zeezeilers/our-yachts

After booking

On booking you receive a confirmation by mail. When you log in on the website more information on the trip is provided:

- Use the forum for getting in touch with the other crew
- When the skipper is assigned, you can contact him/her too.
- A couple of days or longer befor the trip starts you will receive some last info.

Please contact the office for:

- Reservation on wet weather gear
- Cancellation, the general terms and conditions apply
- Any other questions or booking you next trip

Price includes

Instruction, staying and sleeping on board, use of gas and diesel, certificates, insurances and Dutch VAT.

Price excludes

Transport to and from harbours of departure and destination. Vervoer van en naar de op- afstapplaats. Common board cash for food and drinks on board and harbour fees. The skipper does not participate in the costs.

Theory books and reference books are not included.

Start of the course

Please do not arrive earlier than the given start time as we have a tight turn around of courses. The instructor will send you the exact location.
For Harlingen, the adress is Zuiderhaven 75 (in front of the church).

Safe time for groceries at the point of departure.


Unfortunately parking is restricted in Harlingen. Public transport is a sound alternative.

For parking we recommend All in parkeren. It is €5,- per day including transfer. Please make your reservation in time by phone.

End of the course

In general the course ends on the announced time, after cleaning the boat and disembarking.