MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal (Preparation & Exam)

First step towards professionalism

MCA/RYA Coastal Skipper

MCA/RYA Coastal Skipper Course, Dover to Nieuwpoort

The MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal qualification is a major achievement for which you will need to demonstrate a wide breadth of existing knowledge. =>


Pre-Course Experience

30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours (if you hold the Coastal Skipper course certificate this is reduced to 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours). Half the qualifying sea time must be conducted in tidal waters.

Assumed Knowledge

A sound knowledge of navigation theory. Solid boat handling experience in close quarters, plus an understanding of efficient sail trim and how to make a boat go faster under sail.

Student Instructor Ratio

3:1, in exemption 4:1


minimal 4 days, plus the exam which is up to 2 days (depending on the number of students).

Ability after Course

A Yachtmaster™ Coastal is competent to skipper a yacht on passages up to 60 miles from a safe haven, day or night.

Course & Exam Topics

This course will be the final refresher training in a number of key areas. You will be well prepared for your exam with an external RYA examiner.

See detailed Syllabus below

Syllabus MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal:  =>

Aufbauende Kurse
MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore

(Prep-Course & Exam)

Sonnenaufgang über der Nordsee

MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Prep-course, sunrise over the North Sea

The MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore qualification is recognised and respected worldwide with candidates demonstrating a wide breadth of existing knowledge.

There are two versions of the qualification, depending on the type of sailing you intend to do. A commercially-endorsed Yachtmaster™ Coastal skipper can use their knowledge to undertake commercial coastal passages up to 60 miles from a safe haven. A commercially-endorsed Yachtmaster™ Offshore can skipper a commercial vessel up to 150 miles from a safe haven as well as considering other options such as becoming an instructor or progressing to the MCA merchant scheme. Both qualifications cover commercial work on board vessels up to 300 gross tonnes, carrying up to 12 passengers.

The preparation section of the Yachtmaster™ course is minimal 5 days including the exam (up to 2 days depending on the number of students). The exam usually runs immediately after the preparation days. Passing your Yachtmaster™ exam, Coastal or Offshore alike, is a fantastic achievement; whether you plan to use the qualification for commercial purposes or will continue to sail simply for the fun of it.