RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

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The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore theory course covers both Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore. It is the required level of theory for the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course or the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore Examinations.
The course takes approximately 40-50 hours with a long assessment of 3 parts (IRPCS:1.5 hours, Chartwork 2 hours and Passage Making 3:5 hours). These can be taken in one sitting or as 3 separate papers.

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Pre course knowledge

RYA Day Skipper theory level. If you have some experience but no formal tuition, take the fastrack to RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore course option.


RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Syllabus

Chart basics
How to use the chart and check chart datum.
Checking and making chart corrections.
Compass variation and deviation
Variation and deviation explained using animated drawings and sketches.
Solving problems of healing error and dip.
All about tides
Tidal terminology.
Using tide tables advanced.
Using and working out secondary port information.
Using and applying time zones.
Tidal stream and the tidal stream atlas.
Working with tidal diamonds.
Using the computations of rates graph.
Position fixing
Dead reckoning and working up an estimated position taking into account tides and leeway.
Techniques for visual fixing.
Course to steer
How to work out and plot a compass course to steer taking into account tides, leeway, time zones and computation of rates.
Electronic aids to navigation
Includes the free Navathome radar simulator use of GPS, chart navigation systems, AIS and much more.
Electronic chart plotting
Basics and exercises on using a chart plotter.
Passage planning
Planning, routines and watch systems
Execution and monitoring a passage.
Visual aids to navigation
Buoyage and lights.
Leading lines and lights.
Distance off by rising and dipping.

Leading lines and transits.
Clearing bearings.
Pilot plans and restricted visibility.

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