The Coastal Skipper course is aimed at those who want to explore a bit further afield.  That is why we always visit a distant port or cross the Channel (weather permitting).  The course has to be a five day trip, living on board and sailing both day and night.

This course assumes you have successfully completed the Day Skipper theory course and have some experience of sailing as skipper.  After the course you should be competent at sailing longer passages, including at night.

With only 3 students on our 8-berth boat you will have a cabin all to yourself, ensuring a comfortable environment for all crew members aboard for the duration of the course.

Because we will be sailing longer distances, and at night, we provide good quality (Musto or Helly Hansen) wet weather gear, automatic lifejackets and the latest safety equipment.


With a maximum of 3 students plus instructor on an 8-berth boat you will have your own cabin and a great time.  All food is provided on board and is “superb” with fresh ingredients etc.  You will get the opportunity to plan and execute a passage.

What about the weather

It is unusual for us to have to cancel a course due to bad weather but, should this happen, a full refund or rescheduling will be arranged.  We will do our best to ensure you have a great sailing and learning experience.

This course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations.  Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.  It is a satisfying but intensive week, with candidates often working towards a Certificate of Competence.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster

We endeavour to supply as much of what you need as possible. We supply pillows – but not pillow cases. We supply wet weather gear – but not footwear.

So here is a guide as to what you might bring:

  • A sleeping bag
  • A pillowcase
  • A personal torch
  • A towel
  • Any essential medication
  • Please ensure you have plenty of warm clothing bearing in mind that it is colder out on the water, and you may get wet
  • A pair of non-marking deck shoes or trainers
  • Non-slip/non-marking waterproof sailing boots. These can be bought in most chandlers for about £42 [optional] (available here)
  • Sailing gloves [optional] (available here)
  • Waterproof clothing (unless you have asked us to provide it)
  • Notebook, pen and pencil
  • Sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses / warm hat, gloves
  • RYA Logbook (highly recommended). We can provide one at cost.
  • Passport if doing a Coastal Skipper Course or a Channel Hop
  • Health Insurance if doing a Coastal Skipper course or a Channel Hop
  • PASSPORT PHOTO for Day Skipper / Coastal Skipper candidates with name and date of birth on the reverse

Pack your gear in a soft bag or holdall, i.e. not a hard suitcase, as stowage onboard is limited.  We provide all safety equipment such as lifejackets and harnesses etc.

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