Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course, the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory course looks at more detailed navigational techniques, specifically for those looking to undertake longer passages and, in particular, navigation at night. For those who have built up some miles and are looking to the next stage of their boating journey, the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory is a great step and essential preparation for the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster and Yachtmaster offshore practical exam. You’ll hone your skills in lights and shapes, course shaping and plotting and tidal knowledge including secondary ports and tide gates. Additionally, you will learn how to take and interpret weather forecasts and to plot weather systems. You’ll extend your collision regulation knowledge and understand the requirements for arriving and entering a foreign port. All this and much much more. As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a real taste of modern electronic navigation. The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as classroom sessions, by distance learning or a combination of both.
Course topics include:
- position fixing
- course shaping and plotting
- tidal knowledge
- use of almanacs and admiralty publications
- electronic position finding equipment
- taking and interpreting forecasts
- plotting weather systems
- weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
- collision regulations
- customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad
The course also allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.