The Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory course requires pre-course knowledge to Day Skipper theory level. Assumed knowledge includes CTS, COG, EPs, knowledge of tidal heights, fall of tide, working out projected depths for anchoring, working out clearances under bridges, some basic weather, basic collision regulations etc.
The RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course takes Day Skipper level students to a completely new level bringing an understanding of secondary, a greater knowledge of tidal streams, heights etc. Safety, weather, position fixing and much more is covered in greater detail.
The Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory course is the level require for the RYA Coastal Yachtmaster, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore practical certificates and is a pre-course requirement for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course.
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.