Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Course format

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course, you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster™.


6 days boarding at 1800 on Saturday – disembark on Friday afternoon


Every Saturday from April to October

What’s Included

  • 5 days sailing
  • Course materials
  • Mooring fees
  • Certification – is you would pass it
  • Fully equipped training yacht
  • Fuel
  • All food except the evening of joining, and accommodation onboard

For details of what you should bring please refer to the FAQ’s section.

Course details

There are two options with training courses: A private course (you hire your own yacht and have your own dedicated instructor) or the more traditional course structure of mixed individuals course. We are more than happy to teach different courses on the same yacht if you have a crew of mixed experience. There are no prerequisites for this course

Prerequisites to the course

  • 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 8 night hours
  • Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shore-based Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore

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