Coastal Skipper

Coastal Skipper

Advanced skipper techniques for day and night coastal trips.


  • Pre-course experience: 5 days, 100 miles, 4 hours overnight aboard a sailboat. Theory of Navigation Equivalent to Theoretical Day Skipper.
  • Previous knowledge: Boat maneuver according to Day Skipper standard and navigation for Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster ™ Offshore.
  • Minimum duration: 5 days
  • Minimum age: 17 years old

Capabilities after the course:
Able to command a vessel on coastal voyages during the day and night.


Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of passages commanded in a variety of situations. Each student will lead more challenging trips and learn more about trip planning, day and night piloting, boat maneuvering, safety and emergency situations.

It will be a rewarding but intensive week, with candidates actively working towards the Certificate of Competence.

It is a good idea to have completed the Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster ™ Offshore theoretical course in advance, as there is not enough time to teach or remind you of theory during this week of practice.

Coastal skippers must be able to undertake more difficult journeys during the day and night and command the vessel in more demanding conditions. At the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and experience to become a Yachtmaster™.

Course Content

Trip planning, Preparation for the sea, Pilotage, Trip organization, Maneuvering the motor vessel, Maneuvering the sailing vessel, Adverse weather conditions, emergency situations.

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