The RYA Coastal Skipper practical course builds on the skills learnt on the Day Skipper practical course.
Course length: 5 Days
There are two types of coastal certificate:
a) The Coastal Skipper course completion certificate, that is awarded by a training centre on successful completion of a five-day training course. This is very much hands-on with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Coastal Skipper shorebased course prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water.
b) The Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence, that is awarded by the RYA/MCA on successful completion of an exam. You are not required to take the five-day Coastal Skipper course above prior to your exam. However, if you have not previously taken RYA training you may find it useful to complete the course or organise some informal tailor-made tuition.
If you need a certificate in order to work on board a commercial craft subject the MCA’s codes of practice, it is the Certificate of Competence that you will need (option b above). You will also require a commercial endorsement (see left). You can then work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 3, 4, 5 and 6 waters – that is up to 20 miles from a safe haven.
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For more information see the RYA Website