Previous experience required: Course completion of RYA Day Skipper shore based or similar course or previous practical navigation experience and some yachting experience is necessary before starting the course.
Course content: The Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster theory is an advanced course for those who wish to skipper a yacht on longer coastal passages or for students working towards the RYA Yachtmaster qualification. Anyone who cruises in open waters or races offshore owes it to their crew to have the knowledge this training covers.
This is an intensive course covering advanced coastal navigation techniques including – position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge and use of charts and other navigational publications and the correct, safe use of the GPS.
The meteorology tuition includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction using barometers and by observation. Students are shown how to use this information when planning and executing passage plans. Other subjects covered in detail include - safety, yacht construction and maintenance, the collision regulations and radar.
At the end of the course students are examined on all subjects covered in the course and those who are successful will have their RYA logbooks suitably endorsed and receive a course completion certificate. The course is conducted in our classroom located in Manly, Brisbane and includes all course materials and tea and coffee.