This is an advanced course aimed at those who aspire to making longer coastal and offshore passages, by day and night. It seeks to consolidate and refine existing knowledge, as well as introducing new skills.

An intensive classroom-based course, run over seven days, it looks in detail at navigation, seamanship, meteorology and passage planning. Building on the skills put in place at Day Skipper, it will take a student’s background knowledge to the next level and prepare them for making more demanding passages.

Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Advanced Powerboat and Coastal Skipper practical courses. It also represents the expected theory level for candidates wishing to undertake the Advanced Powerboat or Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore exams.

Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate or equivalent knowledge.

This is an advanced and intensive course for those who already have a solid understating of the key subjects. You should be comfortable calculating estimated positions, course to steers and tidal heights and have a working knowledge of the collision regulations.

If you don’t have the Day Skipper Shorebased certificate, you completed it more than 5 years ago or you are not sure whether your knowledge is at the right level, please contact us.

7 days- 40 hours of tuition, plus 3 assessment papers (see Assessment) and homework.

This course can be run intensively over seven consecutive days but our preference is to break it into three blocks (1 x 3 days and 2 x 2 days), due to the level of information to be absorbed.

The course will take place at a venue within 30 minutes’ drive of Inverness (see Dates).

This course can also be run on demand at any suitable venue in the North of Scotland. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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

Every student will also receive a course pack containing:

  • Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes book
  • Exercises and Course Information book
  • Training charts 3 & 4
  • Training Almanac
  • Pen and notebook
  • 2b pencils, rubber and sharpener
  • Plotter and dividers (Portland plotter & 7” divider kit recommended)
  • Packed lunch or money for the local convenience store
  • 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

During the course, students will sit three assessment papers, to test their new knowledge. These need to be successfully accomplished in order to achieve the course completion certificate.

There is a Chartwork paper (2hrs) covering position fixing, estimated position, course to steer and tidal heights. There is an IRPCS paper (1.5hrs), covering the full collision regulations. And finally there is a Passage Making paper (3hrs), split into two sections.

Rest assured, the course will prepare you for these assessments and you are not expected to get everything right. Feedback will be given and re-sits offered if necessary.

As part of your course pack, you will receive a copy of the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Course Notes, to support your learning. This is a useful aide-memoir but at this level, it is important to read around subjects in more depth and we would recommend the following books:

RYA Navigation Handbook

RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

RYA Weather Handbook


There are currently no courses scheduled.

This course can be run on demand for groups (min. 3 people). Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

By the end of this comprehensive course, students will have taken their existing theory knowledge to a much higher level. They should feel confident undertaking complex chart work and have a thorough understanding of the collision regulations. They will have the ability to interpret weather forecasts and plan a significant costal or offshore passage.

It is crucial to put theory into practice. The skills acquired on this course will be consolidated when used in context on the water.

In terms of RYA practical training, this course takes student’s background knowledge to the level required for the Advanced Powerboat and Coastal Skipper (sail or power) practical courses (providing the other pre-requisites are met).

It also represents the expected knowledge level for candidates presenting themselves for the Advanced Powerboat and Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore Certificate of Competence exams. This is in addition to significant on-the-water experience.

For sail cruising courses, we recommend Sail Badachro, based near Gairloch on the West Coast of Scotland.

Please contact us to book and pay for this course.

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. On receipt of full payment, we will provide you with joining instructions.