This is an advanced course in coastal navigation and builds on the knowledge gained in Day Skipper. It is more of the same with more complex navigation exercises and some additional subjects. The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore theory course
covers both Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore and is the required level of theory for RYA Coastal Skipper or the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Examinations. The course aims to to take you to an advanced level of knowledge for chart work,
tides, weather and collision regulations and is the peak theory qualification in coastal navigation. The course assumes you have navigation knowledge up to Day Skipper level.
If you are not sure if you have enough exisitng knowledge to do this course, or your skills could be a bit rusty, you can enroll in the Yachtmaster fastrack program which takes you through a short form unassessed version of
Day Skipper as revision, and then takes you through the full Yachtmaster program. If you want the fastest path to Yachtmaster theory then fast track is the way to go. See the Yachmaster Fastrack page for details.
Average 45 hours of study
No pre-requisite to enroll but beneficial to have DaySkipper or Navigation Experience, otherwise consider the fasttrack program.
Course Pack sent direct to you
Commercial endorsement option available
Do you know what sort of craft these lights represent and where it is heading?
Revison on DaySkipper concepts such as position fixing, course to steer, and leeway.
Chart revisions and the recognition of degrading accuracy over time.
Variation and Deviation over
How to use the chart and check chart datum.
How to source information on chart updates and making chart corrections.
Compass variation and deviation
Variation and deviation explained using animated drawings and sketches.
Solving problems of healing error and dip.
All about tides
Tidal heights revision and application to secondary ports.
Using tide tables advanced.
Using and applying time zones.
Tidal stream and the tidal stream
Working with tidal diamonds.
Using the computations of rates graph.
Dead reckoning and working up an estimated position taking into account tides and leeway.
Position fixing techniques including running fixes and circles of error.
Taking into account
compass variation and compass deviation when taking a position fix.
Techniques for visual fixing.
Course to steer
Advanced course to steer including allowance for leeway, and tidal impacts.
Consideration of magnetic variation when determining the course to steer.
Electronic Aids to Navigation
Includes the free Navathome radar simulator use of GPS, chart navigation systems, AIS and much more.
Electronic Chart Plotting
Basics and exercises on using a chart plotter.
Electronic Navigation including fixing techniques and use of radar.
Passage Planning and Pilotage
Leading lines and transits.
Pilot plans and the impact of restricted visibility.
Understanding SOLAS regulations, and local local regulations.
Planning, routines and watch systems.
Execution and monitoring a passage.
Passage making and practice chartwork assessment.
This will culminate with you integrating everything together to form a detailed
plan for a safe passage taking into account all passage and pilotage elements, harbour requirements, and include weather and tide impacts.
Visual Aids to Navigation
This will cover more challenging concepts that were not covered in Day Skipper.
Buoyage and lights.
Leading lines and lights.
Distance off by rising and dipping.
Light and sound characteristics of navigation aids.
Understanding marine weather forecasts
Means of obtaining weather information including via marine radio
Understanding of weather systems, global effects, local effects, highs and lows
and sources of weather information.
Interpreting onboard instruments in conjunction with available weather information, and water conditons to assess requirements for shelter.
Understanding international rules of the road.
Agreed actions to avoid collisions.
Stand on and Give way
Traffic Separation Schemes
Marine Clearance areas.
Safety and Environment
Vessel Safety Requirements.
Sea Survival Techniques
Coastal Skipper course pack.
Each course comes with 6 months access with the opportunity to renew at any time. Course extensions cost $60 for an additional 6 months.
If this is your first time doing a Nav-at-Home course, we recommend you complete the free introductory course so that you are aware of the style of the course before booking.
Navathome Australia RYA courses have
evolved during fifteen years experience and continue to be successful in our teaching techniques and the interactive animated diagrams used in the courses.
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