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Coastal Skipper

Pre-experience: 300nm, 15days, 8 night hours

Type: Practical course

Required experience: Yes

Duration: 1 week

RYA Certificate

Undertake challenging passages!

A course for those with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages under the guidance of the instructor.

Target group

This course addresses participants who would like to build and expand their experience. Ideally, you should be above Day Skipper level and have gained some experience as a skipper already.

Min age 17


  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations

Course design

This course gives you the chance to take charge on longer and more challenging passages under instruction. You will concentrate on communication, decision making, pilotage, seamanship and navigation. Your crew might be students at Competent Crew level.

This one-week practical course is designed for a maximum of 5 students and takes place on the water. Students are accommodated on board. A qualified RYA instructor will deliver the course content tailored to the needs of the participants.

Any training week will start with a general introduction and safety brief as well as an outlook over the week. Tuition of any other areas of the syllabus including night sailing will be arranged flexibly according to the weather conditions and learning progress. Please do not plan additional activities. Expect a training week, rather than a cruising holiday.

After the course you will get a qualified debrief about your progress, and upon successful completion we can award the Costal Skipper Certificate.

Certificate issuing criteria

Able to skipper a yacht on costal passages by day and night

Code of Conduct

Miles Ahead Sailing is committed to create an open, respectful and joyful learning environment, integrating everybody into the team.