RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep Week & Exam

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence examination is the ideal addition to the RYA Coastal Skipper course. Once completed, and following some coastal sailing it will allow you to put the lessons you have learnt into practice. 

The holder of an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal passages, but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer offshore passages.

Course Overview

  • Preparation and brush up for the RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence.
  • Revision of advanced skippering techniques, close quarters handling under power and sail, navigation and pilotage by day and night, man overboard recovery and overall yacht management skills.
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  • 5.5 days - Meeting on the Sunday at 1000, with the preparation week running Sunday to Friday lunchtime and the exam usually commencing on the Friday afternoon and finishing in the evening of the Saturday (the exam duration is approximately six to ten hours per candidate)

Previous Experience Required

  • 30 days aboard
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 800 miles logged
  • 12 night hours
  • RYA VHF Radio Course
  • RYA First Aid Course
  • Suitable First Aid Certificate: Click here for the RYA guidance
  • If an RYA Coastal Skipper completion certificate is held only 400 miles required
  • Although not compulsory we also recommend the RYA Radar Course - no knowledge of radar will be an instant fail!!
  • Finally we also recommend you have completed at least one other RYA Practical Course - this is so you will have an understanding of the RYA standards required.


  • Accommodation on board for the duration of the course + Friday and Saturday night after the course.
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Bedding (Duvet and 2 pillows)
  • Towels (Hand and bath towel)
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches (including homemade cake!)
  • 1 evening meal + meal on the night of the exam
  • Use of wet weather gear
  • Use of lifejackets and safety lines
  • All mooring fees including water and electricity
  • WIFI

Price per Person

  • 1300€ + £208 examination fee 


  • 7th April 2024
  • 22nd September 2024
  • 6th October 2024
  • 10th November 2024
  • 8th December 2024
  • 5th January 2025
  • 26th January 2025
  • 23rd February 2025
  • 16th march 2025
  • 6th April 2025
  • 4th May 2025
  • 7th September 2025
  • 12th October 2025
  • 2nd November 2025
  • 7th December 2025

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Example Itinerary

A sample itinerary is listed below (this does alter depending on the winds!).  We have found over the years that during the week the areas most people need to brush up on are passage planning and pilotage, Man Overboard Drills, Close quarter sailing and power handling, navigation in restricted visibility and International Collision Regulations. During the preparation week there is a strong focus on feedback and you will be given a nightly debrief on your progress.  

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Example Itinerary Coastal

Example Itinerary Coastal


  • Meet and Greet at 1830.
  • Meet the instructor, and move onto the yacht to settle in
  • Stow away personal kit
  • Short Instructor's safety briefing and yacht familiarisation talk
  • Go ashore for evening meal and drink. A good chance to break the ice, have a relaxing evening and chat to the instructor about what you want to achieve from the week.


  • 0800 Showers at marina facilities, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • Full Safety Brief
  • Engine start controls and rigging/slipping of mooring lines and fenders
  • Slip mooring and motor out of marina giving everyone a chance to steer the yacht under power
  • Practice coming alongside and leaving various pontoons with everyone rotating jobs and having the chance to practice in a variety of wind and tide situations
  • Short sail to an anchorage or mooring buoy giving everyone the chance to get used to the yacht under sail practicing the basic sailing manoeuvres of tacking, gybing and putting in and shaking out of reefs. This will give everyone the chance to refresh the basics of sail handling and trim
  • 1300 Lunch at a mooring buoy or anchorage. Discuss the use of liferafts and how to handle emergencies such as flooding, fire and collision
  • The first skipper of the day will plan a short passage taking into account wind, tide and pilotage information from the charts and almanacs
  • The Instructor will demonstrate MOB procedures on route with and without the use of an engine. Each student will get the chance to practice this manoeuvre.
  • Where possible use of spinnaker or cruising shute will be practiced
  • 1830 Enter Puerto Calero and moor up. Stow sails and tidy up on and below deck
  • 1900 Debrief on day's events whilst dinner is cooking in oven
  • Prepare cross channel passage plans as re quested by examiner
  • 2000 Supper followed by a trip ashore to a local pub or finishing of pre prepared passage plans


  • 0800 Showers at marina facilities, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • 0930 The first "Skipper" will plan a trip to an anchorage for lunch. On route each crew member will practice MOB. The instructor will recap the procedure for deciding a good anchorage and working out the required heights of tide
  • Prepare to enter anchorage. The designated skipper will organise the foredeck crew to prepare the anchor and chain in anticipation of arrival
  • 1400 Lunch at anchor
  • 2nd "Skipper of the day" plans a trip to an evening destination that involves a  entry into a shallow harbour.
  • Set sail for evening destination revising the collision regulations on route. Instructor will explain the procedures for handling navigation in restricted visibility followed by a simulated exercise to find a buoy in fog
  • 1730 Arrive at berth or anchor
  • Debrief the day's events
  • Each candidate will plan a leg of a night sail that will involve entries or departures from harbours or finding unlit marks as a navigational exercise
  • 1900 Depart for night sail exercise
  • 2400 Arrive at destination


  • 0900 Showers at marina facilities, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • 1000 Carry out some more manoeuvring under power using pontoons and mooring buoys
  • The instructor will demonstrate how to sail onto a mooring buoy in a wind against tide situation followed by each student having the opportunity to have a go
  • 1200 Lunch on route or at anchorage
  • 1300 1st Skipper of the day will plan a short trip to the evening destination. On route the instructor will demonstrate the use of electronic navigational aids such as GPS and Chartplotters.  Each student will practice using waypoints.
  • Discussion on route about crew management and skippering techniques
  • Each student practices MOB on route both with and without an engine
  • 1900 Arrive at new marina. General discussion about etiquette when rafting
  • 2000 Evening meal ashore


  • 0700 Showers ashore, breakfast, clean up and get weather forecast
  • 0930 Practice sailing on to and off pontoons
  • 1115 1st "Skipper of the day" plans a short trip to lunchtime anchorage
  • 1130 Set sail for lunch time destination practicing Man Overboard on route. Practice some slightly advanced sail trim techniques and rudderless sailing
  • 1330 Lunch on route
  • 1400 The instructor will demonstrate how to sail onto a mooring buoy in a wind with tide situation followed by each student having the chance to practice
  • 1500 The second "Skipper of the day" plans a passage to a night time destination
  • Depart for evening destination with discussion on route about weather and the factors that affect yacht stability
  • Night sail
  • Meal on board


  • Very much as for Wednesday
  • Return back to Puerto Calero and prep boat ready for the exam on Saturday


  • Exam day!!

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Recommended RYA Books

To help you in your personal preparation for the course we can advise the following book/s. 

If you click on the link it will take you directly to the RYA website to the appropriate page where you can order it and have it despatched directly to you.

Before joining the course, students should have the pre-requisite experience outlined above, navigation theory to the level of the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course and a thorough knowledge of the Collision Regulations. 

In preparation for the course we can suggest some precourse reading.  You can order these books direct from the RYA using the links below and they will then post direct to you:

Buy The Yachtmaster Handbook at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Introduction to Radar at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques at the RYA Shop
Buy Navigation Lights and Shapes Cockpit Cards at the RYA Shop Buy Navigation Lights and Shapes Cockpit Cards at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA Sail Cruising and Yachtmaster Scheme - Syllabus and Logbook at the RYA Shop

You will also need to have a copy of the RYA logbook, if you do not have a copy already.  This can either be purchased via the RYA using the link below and bringing with you or you can purchase direct from us when you arrive for 15 euros.

Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400


Edifico Antiguo Varadero
Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands

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Email stephanie@endeavour-sailing.co.uk
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