Yachtmaster Coastal Prep+Exam – Sail

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence is a recognised formal qualification  for those undertaking regular coastal passages . It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a Coastal skipper


Yachtmaster exam preparation is delivered by RYA Yachtmaster Instructors, who are all extremely experienced in delivering this level of training.

Learn more about our Crew Briefing– joining your boat, living on board and what to bring.


5 Days preparation, followed by a 2 day exam

Previous Experience


30 days onboard, 2 days as skipper.

800 logged nautical miles and 12 night hours VHF/SRC Radio Certificate and First Aid Certificate.

If RYA Coastal Skipper Completion Certificate is held, the mileage requirement is reduced to 400 miles.

Assumed Knowledge

Boat handling to the standard of Coastal Skipper and navigation to yachtmaster theory

Minimum Age


Ability After the Course

Able to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night

Course Content

The week will start with an assessment day your experienced instructor will give you an honest appraisal of your current skill level and will then devote the remainder of the week to address any weaknesses that may have been highlighted. During the course you will take command of the yacht on short passages on Pittwater and passages from Pittwater to Sydney Harbour by day and night and practice lots of close quarters boat handling techniques under sail and power.

The instructor will tailor the course to your specific needs and will review the key areas of : passage planning, man overboard recovery, close quarters handling under sail and power, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibility and at night , pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations
At the end of the week, you will be given a debrief on your competency and should you feel ready to do so can then take the exam.
An independent yacht master examiner from the RYA will then step onboard to conduct the exam. Each student will be examined on how they skipper the yacht on short passages, and complete various other tasks.

Course Dates and Locations

Please see course calender for where and when we are running this course, view availability and secure your place through our booking system. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 944 974 and make your booking by phone. If your chosen course is not running at the base or at the time you want, or for group bookings, please email us.