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Coastal Skipper Practical

RYA Sail Cruising Scheme

Why Atlantic Sailing

Our home base location in Marina Lanzarote, Arrecife makes the perfect starting and ending port for a Coastal Skipper Course. It offers:

-    unlimited parking and boat handing opportunities

-    challenging (night) pilotage in and out of a commercial port

-    20 miles upwind sail with night entrance to the paradise island of Isla la Graciosa

-    long (and exciting) downwind passage to the south of Lanzarote

-    interesting pilotage into Corralejo (north Fuerteventura)

For more information, click here to download the RYA Sail Cruising Scheme layout.

Course Description

Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Like the Day Skipper course, 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.

Most centres will expect you to complete the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore shorebased course beforehand as there is insufficient time to teach you theory during the week.

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™.

Pre-course experience

15 days, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours.

Assumed knowledge

Boat handling to the standard of Day Skipper and navigation to shore-based Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster standard.

Minimum duration

6 days.

Minimum age requirement

17 years old

Maximum Student:Instructor ratio at Atlantic Sailing


Course content

Passage planning, preparation for sea, pilotage by day and night, passage making and ability as skipper, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, adverse weather conditions, safety and emergency situations.

Ability after course

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

Price for 6 days/7 nights on board:

Euro 1.300 per person based on your own private cabin.

If you're two (a couple) sharing a cabin, we offer a  5% Cabin Sharing discount.

Book 2 weeks of training (e.g. Pre-Coastal Skipper & Coastal Skipper Practical, or Coastal Skipper Practical & Coastal Skipper PLUS) and get a 5% discount.

Book 3 Weeks and get a 7% discount.

Please feel free to email me at for further information or if you would like to discuss your training.

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