Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased
Advanced training for more experienced skippers, this course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages using advanced navigation techniques.

For bigger boats going on longer passages when you'll be crossing international boundaries, you may be at sea for weeks without making a port and often out of sight of land for days.
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This course will take your knowledge of navigation to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced techniques and new meteorology theory....stuff that the forecast won't always tell you!

You'll gain an in-depth knowledge of Tides at Secondary Ports, interpolation of Tidal Streams, Customs and Etiquette on entering foreign waters, working across Time zones, Vessel Limitations & Stability as well as using Grib data to get weather information when far offshore.

Rules of the Road form a huge part of this course also - you need to be fully conversant with the ColRegs because foreign ports can be much busier than the quieter ones we're used to at home - High-speed ferries, jetfoils, seaplanes, harbour police boats, pleasure craft (and those operated by the less experienced) all pose very real threats so if you don't know what you're doing you simply wont last too long without an incident.
This course takes 44 hours to complete and can be done over 22 evenings in the winter.
Classes are 1 night per week and you can also avail of the free extra study and revision sessions on Sunday afternoons if you miss a night or need some help with an exercise question.

Weather theory on this course gets stuck into local and offshore forecasts, airmasses are covered in great detail, the effects of topography on the the winds, local winds such as sea breezes and katabatic winds are all studied.
We'll also make a cloud in class, examine lapse rate and tephigrams, we'll explore the many types of fog - there's a bit more to it than you might think.
You'll receive an RYA Student Pack on the first day of your course containing your training charts, course notes textbook, exercise book and we'll give you a plotter, dividers, training almanac and the new electronic training chartplotter.

The new version of the plotter predominantly uses industry standard Vector charts but also offers sample raster versions.

As well as the usual chartwork tools - plotters, dividers, parallel rulers you'll need some 2B pencils, eraser and sharpener.

You'll also need some graph paper and a calculator.
We strongly recommend that candidates would already hold a Dayskipper Shorebased certificate (or possess an equivalent standard from another source) before signing up. You need to know your DRs EPs and CTS.

There are 3 exam papers given during your course which cover Meteorology, Colregs and Chartwork.
A minimum attendance of 16 nights is also required.

Your Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Certificate is valid for both Sail & Power and is recognised worldwide.
It's also a requirement for your practical assessment if you're planning on taking it anytime soon.
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What to Bring
Starts Thursday
5th October'17
19:30 - 22:15
Sail Aweigh, Foxhole,
Biro, Notebook, 2B Pencils (2), Eraser, Sharpener and Calculator
Winter course? - We'll run for 22 nights over the winter with a break from early December to early January.
Course will end in early March. We'll have light refreshments each night - tea, coffee, biscuits etc.
Don't forget we're there on Sunday afternoons to help you out or revise if reqd.

Yachtmaster Offshore