Coastal Skipper Motor

Coastal Skipper Training Cornwall

Coastal Skipper Motor

Coastal skipper CornwallFor the more ambitious skipper to improve their skills, take charge and learn to make full use of the boat on longer, more complex passages.

Before taking this course it is virtually essential to have attended the equivalent shorebased course, to ensure that time is not wasted teaching theory on board.

An important aspect of this course is learning to take command and make decisions resulting in relaxed, well-planned passages and a happy crew.

Don't expect to coast through without making the occasional error - learn you strengths and weaknesses and gain knowledge from your mistakes. By the end of the course you should be ready to build on your experience and maybe work towards a Certificate of Competence.

Requirements & Outcomes

Pre-course experience 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours
Assumed knowledge Boat handling to the standard of the Day Skipper practical motor cruising course and navigation to the standard of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shorebased course
Minimum duration 5 days
Minimum age 17
Course content Passage planning, preparation for sea, pilotage, passage making and ability as a skipper, radar, boat handling, adverse weather conditions, emergency situations
Ability after the course Able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night
Further Information

Areas covered during this course are:

Coastal skipper CornwallRYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal cruises but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.

Exam duration:

The exam will take about 6-10 hours for one candidate and/or 4-8 hours per candidate where more than one candidate is being examined.

Pre-exam requirements:

To take the Practical Examination candidates must be over 17 years of age or over and require:

  • A Radio Operators Qualification – A GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or a higher grade of marine radio certificate.
  • A valid first aid certificate. A list of acceptable first aid certificates can be found on the RYA website (
  • Seatime – 800 miles logged within 10 years prior to examination, 30 days living on board, two days as skipper and 12 night hours.
  • For holders of the Coastal Skipper Practical Course Completion Certificate, the seatime requirement is reduced to 400 mile, 20 days living on board, 12 night hours, two days as skipper.
  • Half of the qualifying seatime must have been gained in tidal waters. Qualifying vessel are between 7m LWL to 24m LOA (less than 80 gt).

If you require further information about this course, contact Phil on +44 7971 546378