Yachtmaster Coastal Practical Exam

  • Course ID: Y345
  • Discipline: Yachting
  • Level: Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster

The Coastal Skipper Certificate certifies a recreational sailor's ability to skipper a sailing yacht under sail and auxiliary motor on coastal passages during daylight and at night. The assessment is a practical assessment run at sea in a cruising boat.

Accreditation ISA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA Coastal Skipper
Boat The boat used for assessments would normally be a sailing yacht with an auxiliary engine that is at least 7 meters in overall length and which is suitable for cruising. The yacht must be equipped to category B as defined in the ISA Yacht Safety Equipment list. SailCork recommends that you use
Length of Course Duration of assessment One candidate: 6 - 10 hours. More than one candidate: 4 - 8 hours per candidate.
Objective You meet the standard of Coastal Skipper and are capable of skippering a sailing yacht under sail and auxiliary motor on coastal passages during daylight and at night.
Location Cork Harbour or West Cork, South Coast of Ireland.
Equipment Included The Boat has full safety equipment, all nav. aids and powerful engines. The safety equipment includes lifejackets and harnesses for each crew member. Waterproofs are available on request.
What to bring Soft bag with change of warm clothes, toiletries, sleeping bag. Your own sailing waterproofs if you have them.
Meals Most meals are pre-prepared by our qualified Galley Cook. Nothing better than sitting at the table in the saloon for a meal with fellow crewmembers after a hard day's sailing!

Passage planning, Preparation for sea, Pilotage, Passage making and responsibilities as skipper, Yacht handling under power and under sail, Adverse weather conditions, emergency situations, Rules of the road.

Pre Course 1. The following logged in a sailing yacht within 10 years of the exam: - 800 miles in tidal waters - 25 days at sea, 3 days as skipper - 12 night hours. Where a candidate holds a course completion certificate from a shorebased course in either the ISA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore then the logged requirements are as follows: - 600 miles - 20 days at sea, 3 days as skipper - 12 night hours. Mileage completed during ISA certified Coastal Skipper sea based courses may be included in the logged requirements. 2. Restricted Cert of Competency in VHF Radiotelephony or SRC Module 1. 3. Candidate must be at least 16 years of age at the time of assessment.
Pre Course Advice We strongly recommend you compete a 4 day Coastal Skipper preparation course immediately prior to the exam.

Book Now

CALL +353 21 4811237

View full course Calendar

We are in the process of buying a yacht so we, as a family, decided to do the right thing and take lessons on how to sail it correctly. We are all novices in the sailing department so five of us went out today with Peter Scallan and we had a great day. He asked us up front what we wanted from the day and at this stage I feel we have been given a good base to build from when we decide to take further tuition. Peter is a great instructor and seems to have an intuitive feel for what each person is capable of and adapts accordingly. On top of that he's just a really nice guy and we got on very well with him. The family were discussing the day over a few pints (as you do), and I think we all agreed we left the berth in the morning as a family, but we returned the boat in the evening as a crew and that was all down to the tuition from Peter. In addition to all the sailing, we anchored up and had a delicious lunch cooked from scratch by Jo and as the main cook and bottle washer in my own house I have to say bravo chef. I highly recommend the professional but relaxed setup at Sailcork.


Brian F

Oct 2019
If you wanna learn to sail or improve your techniques this has got to be the best way to do it. I signed up for the competent crew course and it was a blast. Can't recommend sailcork high enough. An easy 5 stars  J Kennedy

J Kennedy

Back to top