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RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition


4. Coastal Skipper

The Sailing Coastal Skipper RYA course offers a comprehensive deep dive into the world of coastal sailing, catering to individuals with prior sailing experience who are looking to advance their skills and knowledge. This course delves into intricate aspects of sailing, including advanced navigation techniques, efficient passage planning, and the ability to handle complex sailing conditions with ease. 

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Participants will be immersed in a series of practical exercises and theoretical lessons that will sharpen their seamanship abilities and decision-making skills. Emphasis is placed on honing the skills required to skipper a yacht on coastal voyages, where challenges such as tidal streams, limited visibility, and busy waterways can test a sailor's proficiency.

One of the key benefits of completing the Sailing Coastal Skipper RYA course is the opportunity to obtain a recognized boating license or boat license from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). This certification not only serves as a testament to the individual's sailing capabilities but also opens up avenues for exciting sailing opportunities and adventures.

Throughout the course, participants will learn how to effectively handle a range of sailing scenarios, including mastering sail trim for optimal performance, executing precise maneuvers in confined spaces such as marinas, and implementing safety procedures during emergencies at sea. By the conclusion of the course, sailors will emerge with the competence and confidence to navigate coastal waters adeptly, making informed decisions and taking charge of challenging sailing expeditions with assurance.



Position Fixing

Develop skills using electronic position-finding equipment. Learn the basics of course shaping and plotting.

Advanced Passage Planning

Take charge of a yacht and direct the crew while organizing the navigation, deckwork, and domestic duties of a yacht on passage. Learn to use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes.

Tidal Knowledge

Develop knowledge about tides and how to navigate sailing passages with a consideration of high and low tides.

Use of Almanacs and Admiralty Publications

Learn how to utilize these tools and resources to better plan a safe passage.

Plotting Weather Systems

Learn how to develop weather predictions using a barometer and by observation. Learn how to take and interpret weather forecasts.

Adverse Weather Conditions

Preparation skills for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds. Learn navigation and general conduct for when there is restricted visibility.

Collision Regulations

Discover the advanced rules of the road.

Customs and Excise Regulations for Cruising Abroad

Learn how to navigate customs procedures when checking your crew and yacht into another country.

Emergency Situations

Develop in-depth skills in recovery of man overboard under power and sail. Understand the actions to be taken when abandoning to the life raft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues.


Duration & Experience Required

‍The RYA Coastal Skipper course includes five day and night days of hands-on, practical training.

Experience required:

  • Completion of RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Theory Course

  • 300 nautical miles

  • 15 days of sailing (2 of which as a skipper)

  • 8 night hours onboard a sailing yacht

  • The participant also needs to be in a physical shape that allows the participant to be able to take part in all the sailing exercises.

What should you bring

Even in Ibiza, there can be sudden shifts in weather when you are sailing in the open sea. You should come prepared with a variety of clothing options and plenty of sun protection. You should bring along the recommended list of items found on the Following page.

What's included

  • Accommodation on the yacht 

  • Drinks and lunch, which you can have in one of our beautiful coves in Ibiza, if the weather permits

  • Fuel costs and mooring

  • Insurance while onboard

  • Fresh towels, bed linen, pillow and a duvet

  • Training from one of our highly qualified and certified instructors 

  • Travel insurance, accommodation offboard, and any other expenses will be covered by the student.

  • For any questions or special requirements, please feel free reach out to us.​

Join now and get your RYA boat license in Ibiza


1. Start Yachting

Are you new to sailing and want to learn what it's like? This sailing course is the perfect 2 day introduction to cruising sailing for beginners.

 2. Competent Crew

This course is ideal for beginners who want to learn how to steer a boat under power and sail, and who want to become an active member of a crew.

3. Day Skipper

If you already have some experience and want to get certified to be able to take charge of a sailing yacht, the Day Skipper course is perfect for you.


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