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Online RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal Theory

Price: £325

Location: Course is undertaken online on your home PC

The online RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal Theory Course brings students with at least the RYA Day Skipper / Coastal Skipper qualification and a sound level of sailing experience, up to Yachtmaster™ Coastal level (Theory only).

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Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

Recommended Reading: RYA Day Skipper Handbook Sail (G71), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster™ scheme and syllabus (G158)

Course Prerequisites: 30 days on board, at least 2 days acting as skipper, 12 night hours, 800 miles (50% tidal), If you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam. RYA VHF Licence and in date First Aid certificate

Minimum Age: 17+

Who is the course for:

This course is designed for advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course.

This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. Its advised you have theory to the level of day skipper theory before attempting this course

What we cover on the course:

The RYA Coastal Yachtmaster™ Theory course will take your knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As a broad stroke of topics you will be looking at and covering are:

  • 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 idea of the course is to advance your knowledge in navigation and also add to your navigation tool kit.

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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a single format:

  • Carried-out online at your convenience.

For some people attending a 5 day RYA Coastal Yachtmaster™ Theory course or an evening class over 30 weeks is not an easy option. So why not do it online!

One alternative is to undertake the RYA Coastal Yachtmaster™ Theory course online in the comfort of your own home in front of your PC.

We have teamed up with Skippers Online to offer easy to follow on-line theory courses with the added advantage that you can submit your answers on-line and find out if your answers are correct with instant feedback as you go.

You will need access to a computer / ipad / smartphone but there is nothing to download, everything is accessible online.

Full tutor support is provided with an experienced RYA instructor. We are so confident that you will find this RYA Coastal Yachtmaster™ Theory course Online delivered by Skippers Online both clear and easy to follow that we offering you the chance to attend a FREE RYA Coastal Yachtmaster™ Theory course Online ‘Theory Clinic’ at Gosport Marina if required as many times as you like until you have completed the course.

There are detailed explanations on each subject with interactive graphics which can be clicked through forwards and backwards.

You can even try the course with a free trial!

Please note that by completing the booking you are agreeing to the terms and conditions

Packs to Russia must go to a Business address.

All packs must be signed-for so make sure you or someone will be available to accept the package.

Skippers Online will not accept responsibility for Packs sent to Marinas, or C/o addresses. If the pack goes missing after it has been signed for the student will be liable for the cost of the replacement pack.

Postage to some of Europe you will be invoiced for this after your purchase is complete. Charges are £40 for postage. Please ensure there will be someone to sign for your package*

If you wish to apply for a Commercial Endorsement to operate on vessels you will need your Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ theory exam to be invigilated. The RYA state that:

Distance Learning students who intend to enter the MCA large yacht qualifications such as Officer of the Watch or Master 3000 will require a formally invigilated exam. Course completion certificates submitted for commercially endorsing a Day Skipper certificate or in lieu of a written exam during the Yachtmaster™ Ocean examination must also be invigilated. This exam will be conducted by an RYA Yachtmaster™ Instructor or Examiner through an RYA RTC.

There is no charge if you are studying with Commodore Yachting.

There are three papers each taking one and a half hours to complete per paper. The minimum time required for the assessment will be six hours to include breaks.

If you are studying through another company, there is a £200.00 charge for us to invigilate your exam.

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal Theory:

This is a very full-on course. It will test you to your limits. It is really well advised to make sure you are fully focused on the Yachtmaster Theory course.

There is a lot to cover in the course, always ask questions if you do not unerstand, as your instructor is there to help remotely.

It is a lot about understanding and having the knowledge brought forward into the front of your thinking. The course can be amazing fun and will bring some really useful navigation techniques for longer routes.

There are so many usefull techniques to learn in navigation that are interesting for longer routes and more unusual passage plans.

My advice for the course is keep a sharp pencil, and ask lots of questions. If you do not understand then ask the instructor remotely as we are here to pass on our knowledge to you.

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