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Coastguard Theory


RYA Practical

  RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased   

Aim: This is advanced theory training for more experienced skippers. It builds on the Boatmaster course and equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.

As well as being internationally recognised, this course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the RYA Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams. It concentrates on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

Mixing traditional Navigation with new technology, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course. This provides an opportunity to give you a realistic taste of the correct use of modern electronic navigation.

Prerequisites: Students must have general boating knowledge at least to the level of Boatmaster or equivalent and should have thoroughly revised the collision regulations.

To ensure this we provide you with a pre-course workbook to help you refresh and come up to speed with the differences between the NZ Coastguard and the RYA syllabi. Once this is completed, answers will be issued allowing you to verify you are at the standard required.

Qualification: RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased certificate.

Course Content:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Passage planning
  • 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

 Download an information flyer here.

Introductory Course Fee: $995.00 per person - additional resources are required for this course.

 Starts  Venue  Day    
22 Feb 20  Auckland MRC*  2 weekends and 11 Mon & Wed evenings

 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

7.00pm - 10.00pm

*Auckland Marine Rescue Centre

For further information email or book above.

Last updated: 24 Oct 2019