RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Courses

MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence is gained by examination, conducted by RYA Yachtmaster Examiners who are independent of our sailing school. This is a minimum requirement for seeking work in the industry. Whether you would like to work in charters, deliveries or are seeking crew work on mega yachts, then this is your first step.

A Yachtmaster Coastal has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises, but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages.

In other words, the theory is the same for both Coastal and Offshore, but less practical experience and skills is required for the Coastal Exam.

The pre-exam mileage requirements exist to help ensure you are ready for your exam.
Istion Yachting Academy is very experienced in training Yachtmasters and has developed these programs to satisfy a variety of student's needs. Our success rate is ninety percent over the previous ten years. We are well suited within the industry to offer you the best program that is tailored to your needs. If this is the course that you require then you should contact us immediately for a consultation and begin your career in the yachting industry.

Certificates required before exam

  • VHF or SRC Radio Operator's Certificate

Minimum sea time

  • 30 days sea time, 2 days as a skipper, 800 miles, and 12 night hours.

Yachtmaster Syllabus
This is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.

  • Position
  • The magnetic compass
  • Tides
  • Tidal streams
  • Buoyage
  • Lights
  • Pilotage
  • GPS and chart plotters
  • Echo sounders
  • Logs (speed and distance measuring)
  • Deck log
  • Meteorology
  • Rule of the road
  • Safety at sea
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Passage planning



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Above prices include: 50 hrs. Theory, Instructor's fee, course material, First Aid Course with Certificate, Sea Survival Course with certificate, VHF Course with certificate, VHF fees, 8 hrs. Practical training, 4hrs. Safety Briefing on board, Yacht with equipment, exam fees, port fees, Yacht's fuel.

Above prices do not include: Air tickets, transfers, provisions