RYA Coastal Yachtmaster

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course
  • 40 hour classroom course (including 3 assessments)
  • Conducted at Preston Marina in “The Lodge” training building
  • Ideal preparation for Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™
  • Maximum 12:1 Student:Instructor ratio
  • Course fee £450 inc VAT
  • Includes course pack (RYA Yachtmaster Shore Based Notes, Practice Charts)

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, 3 consecutive weekends or as an intensive week-long course.


Course topics include:

  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

40 hour classroom course

Knowledge to Day Skipper level is essential.

Course fee £450 inc VAT (includes RYA Course Pack)

You will need a plotter and divider, available from our chandlery with a 10% discount.

Download an application form here.

RYA Coastal Yachtmaster Theory Course dates

17th & 18th Februaury

24th & 25th February

2nd & 3rd March 2024

(3 consecutive weekends)

To book this course

Call 01772733595 or email training@prestonmarina.co.uk

Day Skipper Refresher (for rusty Day Skippers prior to the C/YM Course)

3 Consecutive Weekends Coastal/Yachtmaster Course:

It is imperative that anyone joining this course is competent to Day Skipper standard; the syllabus is different to the Day Skipper Course and there is no time to re-cap the Day Skipper syllabus during this course. If desired a one to one Day Skipper refresher and assessment is available by arrangement prior to committing to this course.