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RYA Sailing School South Africa
RYA Coastal / Yachtmaster Theory
Pre-requisites: Knowledge of navigation to Day Skipper level and practical experience
Duration: 6 Days + plus for time for theory exam
Qualify For: Theory course completion
Modules / Certificates:Completion of the theory part of the RYA Coastal Yachtmaster module
Course Outline

RYA Coastal / Yachtmaster Theory Course

Get to grips with advanced coastal navigation, pilotage, meteorology and collision regulations

This advanced course in navigation and meteorology is perfect for those who are working towards taking the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster offshore exam. It is also ideal for those wishing to skipper a yacht on longer coastal passages.
Navigation aspects of the course include: position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge and the use of Almanacs, Admiralty publications and electronic position finding equipment (GPS).

The meteorology section includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction by observation and using a barometer.

International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea is dealt with in detail. Time is spent showing how to apply this information when planning and executing passage plans.

Lectures are conducted in our lecture room.

Course material

All RYA course material is supplied.


If this module forms part of the 6/17-week Career Course or the 9-day Skipper Combined Course, you will receive free accommodation on board your training yacht.


Refreshments,  tea and coffee is supplied. However, food is not included, and is for your own account.


RYA Coastal Skipper Theory course is run throughout the year.