RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Online Course

Course Aim

This course follows on from the Day Skipper course and builds on many of the subjects covered on that course but in much more depth, whilst also introducing many other new and equally important subjects. This course is aimed at those wishing to go onto complete the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster practical courses and exams as well as the recreational boaters wishing to widen their knowledge base. By the end of the course you should be equipped with the knowledge to navigate a  sailing yacht or powered craft in unfamiliar coastal and offshore waters during the day and night.


A knowledge/skill base to the level of RYA Day Skipper Shorebased.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Online Course ©www.marine-education.co.uk

What's Involved?

This is an eLearning course, but an RYA instructor is on hand to provide as much support as you require, this is done predominately by email, but Skype/Zoom chats can be organised at pre-arranged times.


Course Content

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge
  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position finding equipment
  • Taking and interpreting forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems
  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

Course Duration

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Delivered By

Approximately 6 days

What Now?

Pay online, we create and send you all the login details and post your course pack.

Sailing Courses Online, an RYA Training Centre specialising in online courses.

Book this course

This is an online course so all you need to do is to select 'Book Now' and then pay and we will send your login details and instructions for taking the course. The login will arrive the next business day as we need to manually set you up for this course.


We're always really keen to chat to you when you’re booking a course as whilst we are happy to take bookings through this system for your convenience - nothing beats chatting about boats and courses!


Whilst this is an online course you will be prompted for a date,  just leave the date it gives you as it doesn't matter what date is selected. Select as many spaces as you need and then follow the booking process.

PLEASE NOTE:  When you book this course we need to MANUALLY set you up on the Interactive system. This is the same for ALL schools. We will set you up by close of play the next working day. We apologise for this delay but this is a course requirement and not down to us. :)

Book now

If overseas customers book the UK option we cannot set you up online until you have paid the additional postage amount of £25.


What's included?

  • Online e-Learning course
  • Training charts
  • Course handbook & exercises 
  • RYA Training Almanac
  • Assessment papers
  • Electronic chart plotter CD
  • Support from a RYA instructor

Use Of Your Personal Data (GDPR Compliance)

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with 'Sailing Courses Online'. This training website and database is held and maintained on a secure server. Sailing Courses Online is an RYA training centre which specialises in online navigation training and will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

How Does It All Work?

Once you've received a confirmation email from us,  you can login with the username & password that is emailed to you.


Your course pack will be posted to you but you don't need to wait for this to start your course.



Carry out the online training course at your own pace. (Maximum 6 months)

If you have any questions at any stage during your course, simply email your instructor.

At the end you need to sit tests. If you need this qualification commercially please talk to us as you may need to be invigilated. On successful completion, you will receive your certificate in the post.

What about if i need to use this commercially?

You do not necessarily need your Yachtmaster Theory online course assessment invigilated.. have a read through the below as this may answer the question as to whether you do or not.. 

What is assessment invigilation and who can conduct it?

In some cases, it is necessary to arrange for an RYA Instructor to be present throughout the assessment to verify that you haven't received any outside assistance. This may be an RYA Instructor of any level.

When is invigilation required, do I really need it?

In most cases, invigilation of the final theory assessment is not necessary and is completely optional. We have summarised this for you below:

Invigilation is not required:

  • If you are going to be using the qualification for leisure purposes (flotilla, charter, own boat cruising etc).
  • If you wish to qualify as a RYA Cruising Instructor or an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor.
  • For Skippering vessels below 200GT
  • If you are wishing to add a Commercial Endorsement to a RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.

Invigilation will be required:

  • If you wish to enter MCA large yacht qualifications such as Officer of the Watch or Master 3000 all of your theory assessments must be invigilated 
  • If you intend to Skipper vessels of over 200GT 
  • If you intend to use your RYA Day Skipper Certificate or Competence for commercial purposes such as sea angling or commercial dive-boat operations within the UK you will require a professional endorsement to a Day Skipper Certificate of Competence. This will enable you to skipper a small commercial vessel. If your Day Skipper shorebased exam is invigilated by an RYA Instructor you will be able to operate up to 12 mile limit from the vessel's home port. If your theory exam has not been invigilated, operation will be authorised for a 3 mile limit from the vessel's home port. 

How can invigilation be arranged?

You may choose to make your own arrangements independently, please note: the chosen RYA recognised Training Centre may wish to charge a fee to cover their instructor time. This will need to be agreed by your instructor to ensure the centre you wish to be invigilated is acceptable to do it at.

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