Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women 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. 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 a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence.
It is essential to complete the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course beforehand as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week.
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™.
A typical course may include passages from Cardiff to any of the following destinations: Newport, Barry, Swansea, Portishead, Clevedon, Weston Super Mare, Porlock, the islands of Flatholme, Steepholme and Lundy.
|Pre-course experience||15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours|
|Assumed knowledge||Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shorebased Coastal|
|Minimum duration||5 days|
|Course content||Passage planning
Preparation for sea
Passage making and ability as skipper
Yacht handling under power
Yacht handling under sail
Adverse weather conditions
|Ability after the course||Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night|
The course is taken in tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.