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RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (Sail)

Starting 9.30am on the first day, at 9am on the following days, finishing at 5pm daily, except for one day, where we will be starting 10.30am and finishing by 9.30pm (winter)/ starting 11am and finishing by 11pm (summer) weather permitting

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RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course –  If you’re thinking of a career in sailing or up-skilling yourself, this is the next step towards a Yachtmaster. 

You will need 300 sea miles on cruising yachts, and the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory. This is an advanced course and includes night navigation, advanced yacht handling under sail, anchoring under power and sail and much more. On completion you will be able to complete inshore and offshore passages by day and night. 

Theory is highly recommended prior the practical! You have two options for the theory:

  • Join us for a full week, Monday to Saturday to cover the theory course in class with us
  • Online! This is delivered by our partner company, Sailing Course Online, who are a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training. The course content is specifically delivered for an online experience, with bite-sized modules, regular auto-marked tests, and full support from the instructors at Sailing Course Online whenever you need them.


RYA Coastal Skipper

A practical course: 5 full days sailing including night hours and night passages.

The RYA 5 Day Coastal Skipper Course costs €850 and is fully inclusive of accommodation on board a 41 foot Beneteau oceanis 411 clipper, breakfast and lunch daily, evening meal whilst at sea (as we usually spend one night in Mgarr Marina in Gozo, and on another evening we return back to home port late to cover some night sailing, both weather permitting) fuel, mooring fees in home port, bedding, RYA Instruction, RYA Course Completion Certificates, and all safety equipment. Our yachts have an Instructor pupil ratio of 1 – 4 maximum for RYA Courses.

On completion of the Coastal Skipper practical course you will be able to skipper a yacht by day and night even in non-familiar waters. Our instructors will teach you advanced yacht handling under power and sail, advanced collision regulations, advanced sail setting and much much more.


  • Travel light no hard cases with wheels please.
  • Towel
  • Sunblock
  • Deck or soft shoes
  • Warm fleece for the evenings
  • Wash kit
  • Comfortable sailing clothing
  • Travel Insurance recommended


Passage planning, preparation for sea, pilotage, passage making and ability as skipper, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, adverse weather conditions and emergency situations

Take the plunge! Book this course now.

Should you require more information or if you would like to book this course, please do not hesitate to get in touch.