RYA Coastal Skipper Shorebased

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Saturday0930 to 1700
0208 324 3118

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Monday to Friday0900 to 1800
Saturday0930 to 1700
0208 324 3118

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Special Offers

march, 2024


All our online theory courses are delivered by Navathome, an RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training.

The Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Advanced theory training course is for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.

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

Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Course Requirements

Students should be in possession of the practical and theoretical knowledge up to Day Skipper level.


The online course takes approximately 60 hours, given that everyone learns at their own pace. There is an initial 6 months time limit to complete the course with a further 6 month extension available at a cost of an additional £30 fee.

What's Included?

  • Access to the online course for a period of 6 months
  • A course pack including a chart, Breton plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter simulator download. Please read the shipping information prior to booking.
  • Email support from one of Navathome’s instructors.
  • RYA certification issued by Navathome upon successful completion of the course, namely the RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Theory certificate.

Course Syllabus

Chart basics
How to use the chart and check chart datum.
Checking and making chart corrections.
Compass variation and deviation
Variation and deviation explained using animated drawings and sketches.
Solving problems of healing error and dip.
All about tides
Tidal terminology.
Using tide tables advanced.
Using and working out secondary port information.
Using and applying time zones.
Tidal stream and the tidal stream atlas.
Working with tidal diamonds.
Using the computations of rates graph.
Position fixing
Dead reckoning and working up an estimated position taking into account tides and leeway.
Techniques for visual fixing.

Course to steer
How to work out and plot a compass course to steer taking into account tides, leeway, time zones and computation of rates.
Electronic aids to navigation
Includes the free Navathome radar simulator use of GPS, chart navigation systems, AIS and much more.
Electronic chart plotting
Basics and exercises on using a chart plotter.
Passage planning
Planning, routines and watch systems
Execution and monitoring a passage.
Visual aids to navigation
Buoyage and lights.
Leading lines and lights.
Distance off by rising and dipping.

Leading lines and transits.
Clearing bearings.
Pilot plans and restricted visibility.

Registration And Price

Please read the Navathome Terms & Conditions prior to booking as they outline all details of the booking with Navathome.

The cost of this course is £315 when taken alone, or £265 when booked in conjunction with a practical sailing course or holiday.