Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory

Course content

The RYA Shorebased theory for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster is a combined course that teaches you the skills needed for the theoretical aspects of pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation, rules of the road and meteorology required for the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical for sail, RYA Coastal Skipper Practical for motor and also MCA Yachtmaster levels.

Pre-course experience

The RYA suggests that you already have both the RYA Day Skipper theory and Day Skipper Practical for either sail or motor before completing this course.

If you have not passed the practical Day Skipper we suggest that you have sailed some 200 nm, and also been a skipper to get the most our of the more advanced theory course, please contact us for more details.

Ability after course

After you have successfully completed this course you will have the theoretical knowledge to skipper a yacht by day and night up to 60nm off shore.

What’s included?

On the Friday evening you join your Instructor for a welcome drink.

During the week you will be spending your time in our classroom, just a short walk from the marina. During the theory week the following are included:

  • 6.5 days of tuition (so you can learn at your own pace without rushing), and 7 nights accommodation – plenty of time to consolidate the learning
  • Charts
  • Yachtmaster shorebased book
  • RYA electronic chart plotter
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • accommodation in your own cabin
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Access to our roof terrace - a perfect way to relax with a glass of wine or a beer at the end of the day

Note: We do not include flights, travel insurance or evening meals ashore.

We run the course over 6.5 days to make sure that you have enough time to grasp all the concepts, and have had enough time to practice the new skills including secondary ports. The new RYA syllabus includes lots of useful exercises on passage planning and the application of the skills you have learnt during the week so the final exam is taken on the Friday morning.

Great pre course reading

Reeds Weather Handbook

Reeds Weather Handbook

The Reeds Weather Handbook is a great companion to Club Yachting's favourite book - the Reeds Skipper's Handbook.

A pocket-sized guide helping the sailor to predict and deal with local and distant weather conditions, whether on a day trip or a longer cruise, along the coast or further offshore.

Each topic is broken down into digestible chapters, explaining the origins and effects of the full spectrum of weather conditions, including:
- using and evaluating weather forecasts
- depressions, fronts, isobars and other coastal effects
- waves and swells
- weather lore and sky watching

With practical explanations and helpful diagrams and photographs, this is the ideal aide-memoire for skippers and crew, especially those studying for their Day Skipper and Yachtmaster exams.

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RYA Navigation Handbook G6

RYA Navigation Handbook G6

We recommend the RYA Navigation Handbook as its a great guide on navigation. It includes information on tides, lights, buoys and beacons; as well as electronic navigation.

We also recommend buying the partner book Navigation Exercises to put the skills in this book into practice.

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RYA Navigation Exercises – G7

RYA Navigation Exercises – G7

The partner to the RYA Navigation Handbook, this book by Chris Slade (author of the Yachtmaster® and Dayskipper test papers) , is a great book to put the theory into practise through exercises (from beginner to Yachtmaster) and model answers.

Includes RYA Training Charts 3 & 4

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Please bring with you:

  • your own plotter and dividers (or we have them for sale if you wish)
  • Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!
  • Mobile phone charging – There is a 240v socket (Spanish type) socket both in your room and in our Club House;
  • Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course;
  • Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at;
  • Travel insurance – While our boats are insured we do ask you to have your own Travel Insurance and suggest Top Sail if you live in an EU country.

Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate. You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan, long jeans/trousers and jumper for the odd cooler evening in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, swimwear and something for dinners ashore. As the boat has limited storage space a soft sailing bag / holdall is the most suitable luggage.

Course prices