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RYA Coastal Skipper

A course for those with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages under the guidance of the instructor.

About the course

On this 5 day course you’ll learn to skipper passages in a variety of situations during both the day and night. The course becomes gradually more challenging with each day, and our instructors will teach you the skills needed for: 

  • passage planning
  • day and night pilotage
  • boat handling
  • safely dealing with emergencies

This is a satisfying but intense course, and many candidates often work towards a Certificate of Competence. By the end of the course you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster™. 

Required experience 

Before joining this course you should have the following yachting experience: 

  • at least 5 days sailing experience
  • at least 8 hours night sailing experience
  • at least 300 miles total sailing experience
  • at least 2 days skipper experience 
  • RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster theory

We recommend that you have boat handling ability to the standard of RYA Day Skipper.

If you have any questions or want to discuss if this is the right course for you, please contact our Watersports Team:

Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 0110

Email: watersports@soton.ac.uk 

Dates and times

This course is taught over 5 days.

Date

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TBC

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TBC

Prices

Our courses are available to everyone, but Southampton Sport members can book at a discounted rate.

Membership type

Cost

Membership type

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Southampton Sports Membership

Cost

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£346.50

Membership type

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Mayflower Member, Sports Pass or Non-Member

Cost

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£630

 

Included in the cost of the course are: 

  • certificates upon successful completion
  • use of lifejackets and lifelines
  • morning breakfasts, snack lunches and tea/coffee/soft drinks
  • 2 evening meals on board (5 day course)
  • boat fuel
     

Not included in the cost of the course are: 

  • other evening meals 
  • mooring fees for berths other than Southampton Town Quay Marina
  • Cruising Scheme Logbook is available for purchase on the course for £7.99 

Booking a course

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Cancelling or rescheduling a course

You can cancel or reschedule a booking by contacting the Jubilee Sports Centre. Your options depend on how much notice you give us. Notice periods are based on the date of your booking, not on the start time.

Notice given

Refund options

Notice given

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7 days or more

Refund options

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Full refund or reschedule to another date

Notice given

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Between 48 hours and 7 days

Refund options

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Full refund if you present a doctor’s note stating why you can't complete your booking

Notice given

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Less than 48 hours

Refund options

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No refund available

When we might cancel your booking

We might need to cancel a booking if:

  • the weather means we cannot safely run a course
  • staff members are sick and their absence cannot be covered
  • we cannot meet our minimum student-instructor ratio

If we need to cancel your booking, we’ll always try to give you at least 24 hours' notice. We’ll also offer to reschedule your booking.

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