Course Information
  • 7 day course

  • Instructor: Student Ratio – 1:4

  • To include longer passages and night sailing

Pre-Course Requirements
  • Day Skipper recommended

  • Yachtmaster Shorebased theory

  • Minimum 15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours

  • Age 18+

Coastal Skipper Course Summary

Advanced skippering techniques for personnel with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. This will allow trainees the opportunity to experience more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations. This is ideal for candidates looking to progress to Yachtmaster Coastal examinations and run more demanding expeditions.

Course Fees (Coastal Skipper)

All of our RYA courses are sponsored by the RAF Sports Charity, which allows Serving RAF personnel the opportunity to pay minimal fees. Students not currently serving can still attend, and pay a higher (but still extremely competitive) rate.

Membership Type Price
RAFSA Serving member £195
RAFSA Civilian £395
Non-RAFSA Civilian £695

During the course, additional costs will be incurred and shared among the students to cover on-board food, marina fees, and fuel. These costs will vary according to crew choices on victualing, instructor/crew choices on marina locations, weather and on how many crew are on-board but should be approximately £60 – £80 per person.

2024 Course Dates (Coastal Skipper)
Course 24-2
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 17th Mar – Sun 24th Mar 2024
Course 24-8
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 23rd June – Sun 30th June 2024
Course 24-8
Gosport – Sir Arthur
Sun 8th Sep – Sun 15th Sep 2024
Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy is that full fees are due if cancellation is within 30 days of the course start date. Cancellation prior to that will result in loss of deposit, but this can be carried forward to another course with RAFSA(O).  For Serving personnel who are unable to attend for Service reasons, a full refund will be offered once confirmation is received from the individual’s chain of command.

Should the course be cancelled for reasons attributing to RAFSA, an alternative course will first be offered. If the student is unable to take this up, then the full cost of the course will be refunded. This will not include any additional costs relating to travel or subsistence.