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Event date Fri, Dec 01 2023 - Sun, Mar 03 2024
Event date Limerick
Event date €725.00

RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore – Lough Derg

Advanced training for experienced and aspiring skippers. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

Who this course is for:   Experienced and up-coming skippers.

Length of course: The course is taught over 45 hours. It will be covered over two weekends and a series of one night per week classroom sessions.

Objective:  To reach the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.

Assessment: There are three exam papers.

Prerequisites: Significant previous sailing or boating experience is expected.  Some mathematical ability would be useful.

Format of the course:   The course allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.


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


This course will be classroom based (not online) on the following weekends:

Fri 01 evening, Sat 02 and Sun 03 December 2023, and

Fri 01 evening, Sat 02 and Sun 03 March 2024

In addition, there will be a number of evening classroom-based sessions on Tuesday evenings in December, January and February. 


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