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The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal is the first of three RYA professional qualifications that demonstrate competency on a sailing or motor yacht. The Yachtmaster Coastal is for crew or skippers who want to venture on longer coastal passages.

To become a Yachtmaster Coastal you must have a depth of experience both inshore and on Coastal passages during the day and at night. You learn how to keep your crew and yacht safe at all times. Navigation, weather, maintenance and the ability to lead are all important qualities of a Yachtmaster Coastal.

What does the Yachtmaster Coastal qualify me to do?

Holders of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence are able to skipper a vessel up to 24m in length, 20 miles from a safe haven. You will feel comfortable taking a cruising yacht on a Coastal passage. The experience gained will give the confidence that if there were any problems you would have the answers. Having the qualification provides that reassurance allowing you to venture away from your usual cruising ground and explore new places.

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal is the first professional qualification within the RYA scheme. You are able to apply for a commercial endorsement allowing you to work as a professional skipper.

Requirements for RYA Yachtmaster Coastal exam

To sit the Yachtmaster Coastal exam candidates should have a broad depth of experience. Obviously each candidate will come from a different background and experienced different conditions along the way. Broadly speaking the candidate should have the following sea time:

  • At least 800 sea miles logged within the last 10 years
  • Thirty days living onboard
  • Two days acting as skipper
  • At least 12 hours sailing at night

The RYA Yachtmaster Coastal is a great qualification for somebody who wants to gain experience quickly.

Yachtmaster Coastal

How do I get there?

Flying Fish Yachtmaster Coastal Course takes you from a novice sailor all the way to Yachtmaster Coastal and beyond. The training programme includes all the skills and qualifications required for the Coastal exam. The course is designed for all ages and abilities, whether you are new to sailing or have been sailing for years but don’t have any formal qualifications. Whatever your sailing experience then we can make the course work for you.

The next step

Once you have completed your Yachtmaster Coastal exam the next step would be the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, which allows you to venture up to 150 miles offshore.

The first step towards a career on a Superyacht

The traditional pathway to a career on a Superyacht has started with the Yachtmaster Offshore qualification. However, it has been recognised that crew working on large yachts find it difficult to gain the necessary experience required for the Yachtmaster Offshore. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have recently announced an alternative route.

Today candidates with a commercially endorsed Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence are able to begin training towards a restricted UK Officer of the Watch.

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal

Train in Sydney, Australia

Customers train with Flying Fish for many reasons however, we are known for our training location, Sydney Australia. Australia offers so much in the way of lifestyle as well as the amazing playground which is Sydney Harbour.

You will never get bored of sailing past the famous Sydney Opera House and under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge!

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Sailing by Sydney Opera House

Sydney offers incredible sailing conditions, with warm water and plenty of sunshine. It is a popular destination for many sailors, especially during the Northern Hemisphere winters! Famous for it’s laid back lifestyle, amazing beaches, and great nightlife, if you like the outdoors then Sydney is a great place to explore.

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal package

All our Yachtmaster Course options are modular programmes, which means you are able to tailor the course to suit your individual needs. If you are looking for the ultimate sailing package that includes all the training, accommodation and then please see the option below.


Beginner to Yachtmaster Coastal in 8 weeks

8 weeks from £6,813

Yachtmaster Coastal Course

The Yachtmaster Coastal is an 8-week course, starting from novice sailor to professional skipper. All training takes place in Sydney, Australia.

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