I want to take the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course – do I really need to take the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory course as well?
Yes! Unless you could pass a Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory exam without undertaking the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory course, you will need to take the theory course. This study should be completed before attending the Coastal Skipper practical course.
I really don’t have the time to attend another course, can I take the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Course on-line?
You can take the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory course on-line, the course can be studied anywhere where there is an internet connection.
How long does the course take to complete?
The RYA suggest 50 hours of study + exam time so the course can easily be completed over a couple of weekends and a few evenings. Avoiding distractions will be your biggest challenge! You will need to allow around 4.5 hours for the end of course assessment.
Can I take the assessment at home?
Yes, unless you intend to work commercially on large vessels.
What is included in the course fee?
The course fee includes:
- Course exercises and charts
- Training almanac
- Access to the on-line course
- Tutor support
- Certificate for successful completion
How long can I take to complete the course?
You have 6 months to complete the course. You can extend this for a small fee if you need extra time.
What happens if I get stuck?
When you submit your answers you may well notice your mistake and try again. Your tutor will see your submission and may well offer advice if you are really stuck. You are welcome to contact your tutor if you need help or have any questions.
I have started my Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory On-line Course but will not complete it before attending the practical course. Can I still attend?
Before you start the practical course, we would recommend that you complete the theory course and pass the exam. If you have run out of time but are nearly there, please let us know and we will inform your instructor. You will need to have worked through all the navigation sections and as as many other sections as possible. You can then complete the Coastal Skipper practical course but we will with hold your certificate until you have passed your theory exam.
Please remember the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory and Coastal Skipper practical course are both full courses with 40 hours of study for each. Your instructor will not be able to teach Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory during your practical course and will expect you to have this knowledge.
My friends say I should miss out Day Skipper Theory and go straight to the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Course. Is this possible?
We would strongly recommend that you take the Day Skipper Theory Course before undertaking the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory course. The Day Skipper Theory and Day Skipper Practical Courses underpin the knowledge required to successfully complete the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory Course.