RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster: Interactive Online Course.

Theory Courses

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory


Revise and retry until you pass

  • Fully Animated & Interactive Lessons
  • Multi Device Support
  • Study At Your Own Pace
  • Proven Pass Rate
  • No Classroom Pressure
  • MCA & RYA recognised
  • Initial 6 month access with options to extend
  • Lifetime Access To Revision Material

Navigate With Confidence

Gain essential skills to navigate coastal waters by day and night. From mastering charts and navigating with precision to understanding tides, position fixing, course calculation, weather forecasting, meteorology and navigation aids, this course equips you with the knowledge and practical skills needed for coastal sailing.

Upon successful completion, this course awards the RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased theory certificate.

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore

Chart basics:

  • How to use the chart and check chart datum.
  • Checking and making chart corrections.
  • Different types of charts for various situations.

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.
  • Simplifying multiple tidal vectors.

Position fixing:

  • Dead reckoning and working up an estimated position taking into account tides and leeway.
  • Techniques for visual fixing.

Course to steer :

  • Plotting a compass course to steer taking into account tides, leeway, time zones and computation of rates.

Electronic aids to navigation:

  • Including the free Navathome radar simulator, use of GPS, chart navigation systems, AIS and much more.

Collision regulations:

  • Including lights, shapes, collision avoidance, quizzes, example yacht and motor switchboards for using the correct lights plus all that is needed to understand the rules.

Passage planning:

  • Planning routes, 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.

Safety at Sea:

  • Essential safety practices and equipment onboard.
  • Handling life rafts, life jackets, and flares.
  • Mayday calls and communication during emergency situations.


  • Including using synoptic charts, weather patterns, causes of fog and much more.
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