RYA Theory Courses

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory

Required experience

Knowledge to the level of Day Skipper Shorebased.

Minimum duration

40 hours plus exam time


Position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and admiralty publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer.

Certificate issuing criteria

Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day & night.


This is a shorebased course that can be taken in the classroom,