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RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course

Client:     Experienced Skippers, wanting to increase their knowledge and skills

Dates:      June 11-15

Info:        Five days live-aboard in beautiful Nova Scotia.

The RYA Coastal Skipper course consists of advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.  This course is a significant step toward attaining RYA/MCA Yachtmaster certification.

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

It is an intensive but satisfying week, with candidates often working towards a Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence.

Completing the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course beforehand would be a definite asset.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster.

During the course, we cover the following topics in depth:

  1. Passage planning
  2. Preparation for sea
  3. Pilotage
  4. Passage making and ability as skipper
  5. Yacht handling under power
  6. Yacht handling under sail
  7. Adverse weather conditions
  8. Emergency situations

As a minimum, we like to see about 15 days or more, 300 miles.  Eight or more night hours aboard a sailing yacht would be a benefit.

Fees and Booking

Price $1595.00.

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If you need a room before and after the course, we have negotiated a special Discovery Sailing room rate for your convenience.   If you would like to book a room using our Discovery rate (20% discount), please call or email Jeff Green at 902-627-3361 or at [email protected].

“Dave is the ideal sailing instructor. With years of hands on experience in all types of climates and conditions, Dave readily shares his knowledge with his student, in a meaningful way that encourages learning – focusing on memory retention. Dave is a delightful person to be around – he is genuine, personable and has a lively sense of humour. We felt completely at home on Michaela, which is the ideal learning environment. I would highly recommend Dave for advanced sailing instruction that covers the diverse aspects of sailing in depth. Dave is a great instructor and a wonderful person! ”


D.G. .. Cayman Islands, Coastal Skipper Student

“I got a ton of experience under superb leadership and knowledge AND it was fun.”

J.B., Coastal Skipper Student