Take it to the next level with Coastal Skipper

The RYA Coastal Skipper sailing course runs over five days and aims to build on your existing experience and equip you with a thorough set of skills. It 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. See below for available dates.

RYA Coastal Skipper gives you the skills and confidence to skipper passages where it really is all up to you. Each trainee will get the opportunity to build up a substantial set of practical skills and putting navigational theory into practise. Ongoing constructive feedback from our instructors adds to your learning, as well as the chance to draw on their wide professional experience skippering a variety of sailing vessels.

“I thought our skipper Ben was excellent. His instruction methods and manner were praiseworthy. He communicated all instructions and explanations with complete clarity and understanding. He was always patient and was never impatient or angry or annoyed, even when we managed to do something wrong. He had our safety always at the fore front of his mind and made sure that at all times we were comfortable with the jobs we had been given. I learnt an exceptional amount from him and I appreciated his making the most of the time we spent on the yacht.”

Holding a RYA Coastal Skipper practical qualification opens the way to our Budget Yacht Charter service on Karic. We’ll even give you one free weekday on your first weekend charter booking!

Prices are £599 inclusive of food, visitor moorings and wet weather gear.

Assumed knowledge: Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper practical and navigation to RYA Coastal Yachtmaster Theory level.

Ability after course: To skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night


*Only when booked together and paid for in full at the time of booking. Please note that no additional special offers or early bird discounts will be available in conjunction with this discount.

Course Content

  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations
  • By the end of the course you will be able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

This chartlet gives an idea of the sailing area we have to choose from during this trip. The shelter afforded by the Isle of Wight keeps many options open with plenty of anchorages and marinas to choose from.

Frequently asked questions

Please see our FAQ for tips on what to bring and what to expect.

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