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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+
Holiday Insurance: We would advise ALL our customers to ensure they have suitable holiday insurance in-place. Yachtsman’s insurance is available from a variety of souces like Topsail Insurance and can cover things like cancellations and personal effects cover.
We have a maximum of 8 students on this course ensuring that each student gets the maximum possible attention from the instructor.
Small class sizes allow each student to work at their own pace, ask questions and gain the greatest possible benefit from taking this theory course.
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
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:
The idea of the course is to advance your knowledge in navigation and also add to your navigation tool kit.
Courses run in a choice of two formats:
The course includes free overnight accommodation aboard our immaculate, well-maintained yachts, and free tea and coffee, although no meals are included in the course cost.
All meals are at the students own cost and are taken at any of the great local establishments in Gosport, or a short ferry hop across the harbour to Portsmouth.
We also offer the additional benefit that any students travelling from further afield can arrive the evening before the course starts and have free accommodation on board the boat, so you are refreshed and ready for the start of your course the next day! Students wishing to utilise this benefit will need to provide their own food for that particular evening however. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this, so we can ensure we reserve a bed for you.
Please note that during high season accommodation on-board cannot be guaranteed, so please ensure if you need to take advantage of this benefit you inform us of your requirements well in advance. Should we have no free boats available, you will need to arrange overnight accommodation at your own cost.
Fancy going VIP and having your own exclusive private course for you and your friends or family? You can book the whole yacht just for your own exclusive course from only £……….. per person. Enjoy the course in style, with up to five persons on the boat being taught by one of our friendly, experienced Yachtmaster Instructors! What a way to start your sailing adventure!
This is a very full-on course. It will test you to your limits. It will even make your instructor scratch their head now and then (we are all only human!).
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.
A few things from me – The course is not a 9-5 course. It can be longer depending on the pace of the students and questions asked.
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 as we are here to pass on our knowledge to you.