Planning a voyage

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Yachtmaster Offshore

Theory Course taught 'live' via Zoom

Thursday evenings & all day Sundays. Starts 4th November - ends 5th December. Cost £345 includes RYA course pack.

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Having learnt the basics of navigation on your day skipper theory course eg EP, CTS, tidal heights & tidal streams, this course is your next step in navigation.  You'll learn how to use those same techniques to plan longer passages offshore by day & night

Please note: you don't have to complete the Day Skipper practical course before learning more about navigation on this Yachtmaster theory course.

The course name can be somewhat confusing! It covers the recommended level of theory knowledge for both the Coastal Skipper practical course & exam and the Yachtmaster Offshore practical exam.

New Yachtmaster Course

The RYA created a totally new course in 2017.  It's very different to the old Coastal/ Yachtmaster theory course.  There's much more emphasis on electronic navigation and passage planning.  As well as the new aspects, the standard yachtmaster topics below are still included in the course.

  • More precise secondary port calculations to anchor safely anywhere
  • Passage planning for longer trips - a must for cruising safely in the North West
  • Full knowledge of the collision regulations
  • Three assessment papers; passage planning, chartwork & coll. regs.

Coastal/Yachtmaster theory with Bay Sea School is a great opportunity to learn more about sailing & boating from the North West expert and award-winning instructor, John Parlane.  Some things you just can't learn from books or a self-study online course.  

For those of you new to Bay Sea School, John is a top level Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner.  You can read what clients say about him on tripadvisor.  That might explain why he's also a winner of the RYA 'Instructor of the Year' award! 

A new link road provides quick access directly from the M6.  Morecambe is about an hour's drive from Manchester at the weekend.

Private courses & 1:1 tuition can be arranged but the cost will be more. Contact us for more details.

This course cost includes the RYA course pack and certificate.  You'll need to provide your own course plotter & dividers.

2021 Online Course via Zoom Start Time Places Left

Thursdays: November 4,11,18,25 & December 2nd

Sundays: November 7,14,21,28 & December 5th

Thursdays: 7-9.30pm

Sundays: 9.30-12.30 & 1.30-4.40


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What the RYA say about this course

"The Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster shorebased course is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates aiming to achieve the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.  The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects covered in the Day Skipper course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available.

The assumed level of knowledge before starting this course is the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course.

Students are required to have a full knowledge of the 'International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' before completion of the shorebased course for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore.  There is, however, insufficient time available in the course to teach the subject fully.  The RYA book 'International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea' (G2) is a useful book for the study of the regulations."  See the link below to get your copy now!