RYA Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore (online)

This course is run by sailingcourseonline.co.uk. To book this course please contact our office on 01436 640303 or by email  – office@youandsea.com 


The RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ online theory course is designed to give more experienced skippers the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which may involve sailing at night. The course is delivered fully online enabling you to complete it from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

All course materials are provided in a handy navigator’s bag: including paper charts, training almanac, shore-based notes, Portland plotter and dividers. Instructor support and the cost of the exams is also included in your course price.

The Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ syllabus builds on knowledge already gained at a Day Skipper level. This includes chartwork, collision regulations, tidal height calculations, tidal streams, pilotage and passage planning, meteorology, and electronic navigation techniques.

Next Steps

Completing this theory course enables you to undertake the RYA Advanced Powerboat Course, RYA Coastal Skipper or an RYA Certificate of Competence (exam). It provides you with the knowledge and confidence to undertake more advanced passages, explore tranquil anchorages and visit foreign destinations. If your three exams are formally invigilated, you can also use it as a commercially-endorsed qualification and a stepping stone towards a career on the water.

About Sailing Course Online

This online theory course is delivered by our partner company, Sailing Course Online, who are an RYA Recognised Training Centre specializing in online training. The course content is specifically delivered for an online experience, with bite-sized modules, regular auto-marked tests, and full support from the instructors at Sailing Course Online whenever you need them.

By booking a RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ online theory course you are agreeing to Sailing Course Online’s terms and conditions. Access the full Sailing Course Online terms and conditions here.

Course dates:

Any time


This is an online course which you can complete in your own time. You will have access for 8 months to complete the course, extensions are available for those who wish to extend beyond the initial 6 months access period – there is a charge for this.


You get the full RYA Yachtmaster Theory Course pack which includes course notes, RYA Training Charts, RYA Training Almanac, and the workbook that you complete as the course proceeds are also yours allowing you to practice again after the course if you wish. You also get a course completion certificate upon successfully passing the end of course tests.


  • When you have completed the online course you will sit 3 papers – one focuses on the chartwork aspects of the course, one focuses on the IRPCS and the third focuses on Passage Making including Meteorology.
  • The course addresses everything that comes up in the papers and you will have worked through many examples of similar questions leading up to the final assessments.
  • You can either sit the examinations on your own on your computer or if you prefer then you can do so at no charge at our Training Center in Rhu Marina. If you would want to use the qualification commercially then the end of course test will need to be invigilated – please contact us to discuss this option.

To take the Yachtmaster Theory course you must be at or above the level of the RYA Dayskipper Theory course. If you do not hold the RYA Dayskipper Theory course completion certificate we ask that you contact us before booking.