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RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep & Exam

Pre-course experience:

30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours, Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator’s Certificate or Short Range Certificate and RYA First Aid Certificate. (If you hold the Coastal Skipper Completion certificate this can be reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles)

Minimum duration:

6 days + 1 days exam

Assumed knowledge:

A GMDSS compliant Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate such as the RYA Short Range Certificate or higher. An RYA First Aid Certificate or another valid first aid certificate. RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course completion certificate (ONLY IF claiming reduced sea time detailed above)

Minimum age:

17 years old

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep & Exam



This course is suitable for those looking to gain an RYA/ MCA certification. It is the next logical step for those have completed the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course or have the equivalent amount of sailing experience. This Falmouth based course is run over 7 days. The first 5 days are spent on-board with an experienced Yachtmaster Instructor, where we run through various scenarios that are likely to come up during the examination. At the end of the 5 day course an independent RYA examiner joins the yacht for the weekend to assess the candidates on-board.

Although there is no RYA syllabus for this course, during the week we will cover man overboard drills, navigating in restricted visibility, engine failures as well as passage planning and sailing manoeuvres such as sailing on and off mooring buoys and pontoons. At this level we assume that you already have the required theory knowledge, mileage and 2 days as skipper. During the course there is ample opportunity to practice pilotage – with plenty of entries by both night and day, into the ports, harbours and anchorages around Falmouth. The aim is to ensure that  you become familiar with the local sailing area and can feel confident during the examination.

Throughout your course, you will receive regular debriefs and constructive feedback from the instructor. A fair and honest assessment of your ability early on in the course, will enable you to work on any identified weaknesses during the week.

At Yachtmaster level, there are 2 levels of certification – Yachtmaster Coastal and the higher level, Yachtmaster Offshore. Regardless of which level you are hoping to attain, candidates take the course and examination together on the same yacht. During the exam, Yachtmaster Coastal candidates with less practical experience and sea time – will not be expected to demonstrate such a high level of skill as a more experienced sailor at Offshore level.

There is an additional fee payable directly to the examiner of £224.

On successfully passing the exam, you will receive the RYA/ MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence.



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    *There is an additional fee payable directly to the RYA of £208.

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