COASTAL SKIPPER PRACTICAL

The more ambitious motor cruising skipper can improve his or her skills on this course.

Course Journey

  • COURSE REQUIRMENTS

    You must have at least 15 days experience, 2 days as skipper, have 300 sea-miles and 8 night hours driven. You must also have a VHF radio operator licence or equivalent.

  • COURSE AIM

    This course gives you an opportunity to attain the Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence.

  • SYLLABUS

    There are 8 topics in this syllabus covering advanced skills such as passage planning, radar and adverse weather conditions.

  • ABILITY AFTER COURSE

    You will be able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night.

  • NEXT STEPS

    We recommend to further your practical and theory knowledge by pursuing our Yachtmaster course and examination.

Course DetailsCOURSE DETAILS

This course is designed for tidal waters. It is for potential skippers that are confirmed to be competent boat handlers with a solid understanding of navigational and meteorological theory. Candidates for this Coastal Skipper practical course must hold the Restricted (VHF only) Certificate of Competence in radiotelephony or a higher grade of certificate in radio telephony.

Pre-course Experience

You must have at least 15 days experience, 2 days as skipper, have 300 sea-miles and 8 nights driven.

Assumed Knowledge

Undertaking this course requires navigation to Coastal Skipper shore based standard and boat handling to Day Skipper Practical standard.

Course Content

During this course you will develop skills and knowledge in safety, passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling and emergency situations.

Minimum Duration – 5 Days

Minimum Age

This course is for adults only.

Ability after Course

You will be able to skipper a motor cruiser on coastal passages by day and night. This course provides you with an opportunity to attain the Coastal Skipper Certificate of Competence.

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SYLLABUS

Below are the syllabus topics for the practical component of this course. Please see HERE for the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore theory section.

Practical -

1. Passage planning

• Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the motor cruiser, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
• Understands fuel consumption at different speeds and can calculate fuel required for passage including reserve
• Aware of effects of fouling on boat speed and fuel consumption
• Knows customs procedures

2. Preparation for sea

• Is aware of safety equipment for offshore passages
• Can prepare a motor cruiser for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment, fuel and engine checks

3. Pilotage

• Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations
• Can pilot a motor cruiser by day and night

4. Passage making and ability as skipper

• Can take charge of the motor cruiser and direct the crew
• Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a motor cruiser on passage
• Is aware of crew welfare on passage
• Can use electronic navigational equipment for pre-planning and undertaking a passage and can update when underway, especially the use of waypoints and routes

5. Radar

• Understands the use of radar as an aid to navigation, pilotage, collision warning and collision avoidance

6. Boat handling

• Can control the boat effectively in a confined space including all berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and wide
• Can berth and unberth in simple situations using one engine on a twin-engined boat. Use of lines during this
• Avoids excessive use of power

7. Adverse weather conditions

• Preparation for heavy weather and handling in strong winds
• Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility

8. Emergency situations

• Recovery of man overboard
• Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues

  • Training with Phil Jackson of Suncoast gave us the confidence to use our boat in all conditions and to cruise new areas. The teaching was highly professional and informative but also relaxed and fun! If you have a boat, or are thinking of buying one, remember to invest a bit of money in yourself. Get confident, ring Suncoast.

    Neil & Janice McLachlan
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