RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased

RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased

Refining your Skills

This is an advanced course in navigation, meteorology, passage planning and pilotage, aimed at those people who aspire to making longer passages, by day and night and those who plan to sit the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore and Advanced Powerboat exams in the future.

This 40-hour classroom based course covers the following topics:

  • Position
  • The magnetic compass
  • Tides
  • Tidal streams
  • Buoyage
  • Lights
  • Pilotage
  • GPS and chart plotters
  • Echo sounders
  • Logs (speed and distance measuring)
  • Deck log
  • Meteorology
  • Rule of the Road
  • Safety at Sea
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Passage Planning
  • Marine environment


40 hours tuition (+ 3 assessment papers)


Day Skipper Shorebased certificate or equivalent knowledge

The course allows some time for revision of the basics but if your knowledge is not at the level mentioned above, you will struggle to complete the course (if you are unsure as to whether this course is suitable for you, please contact us)

Knowledge after course

By the end of this course, a student’s theoretical knowledge will be at the level required for the Advanced Powerboat, Coastal Skipper Practical or Yachtmaster preparation courses (sail or power)*. For sail cruising courses, we would recommend Sail Badachro, based near Gairloch, on the West Coast of Scotland.

*For the YM exam, there are additional pre-requisites required in terms of mileage logged etc.

What’s included?

  • Detailed tuition from an RYA Shorebased Instructor, using a range of training aids
  • A comfortable classroom environment
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits
  • RYA certificate on successful completion of course (& assessments)

Every student will also receive a course pack containing:

  • Course notes
  • Exercise book
  • Practice charts
  • Electronic chart plotter voucher

What you need to bring

  • Pen and paper
  • 2b pencils, rubber and sharpener
  • Plotter and dividers (we can order these on your behalf, please mention at the time of booking)
  • Packed lunch

Recommended reading

As part of your course pack, you will receive a copy of the RYA Yachtmaster Course Notes, to support your learning. However, this is just an aide-memoire and if you wish to read around the subject in more depth, we would recommend the following books:

Buy RYA Yachtmaster Handbook at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea at the RYA Shop

Buy A Seaman’s Guide to The Rule of the Road at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA Weather Handbook – Northern Hemisphere at the RYA Shop


North Kessock Lifeboat Station (near Inverness)

Dates Winter 2019/20

6/7/8*, 14/15 & 21/22 March 2020

*The course starts on a Friday, with a long weekend. This is to accommodate time at the end of the course for the new, longer assessments.

This course can be run on demand (min. three people required). Please contact us by email or phone to discuss your requirements.




To book a place on this course, please contact us by email or phone. Please state the course and date you are interested in and we will provide you with a booking form to complete.

A 20% deposit is required to secure a place and the full balance of payment will be required no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.