5 Day Coastal Skipper Practical Course 

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The Coastal Skipper Practical course is the next step after completing the Day Skipper Practical Course. 

It covers the more refined skippering techniques required for sailing in coastal and offshore waters.

In moving to this more advanced level, it is assumed you have navigation skills to the same standard as the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased Course, and sailing training and experience to the previous course level.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded dual certification from IS and RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate 

Dun Laoghaire Marina - Harbour Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

The aim of the course is to teach the skills required to skipper a yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night.

Passage planning

Preparation for sea


Passage making and ability as skipper

Yacht handling under power

Yacht handling under sail

Adverse weather conditions

Emergency situations

  • Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capabilities of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
  • Knows customs procedures
  • Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages
  • Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks
  • Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations
  • Can pilot a yacht by day and night
  • Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew
  • Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage
  • Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
  • Is aware of crew welfare on passage
  • Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes
  • Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
  • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
  • Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing
  • Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
  • Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility
  • Recovery of man overboard under power and sail
  • Understands actions to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescue