Coastal Skipper Practical Course Syllabus Tidal

The aim of the course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. By the end of the course, the student is expected to have demonstrated their ability in the following areas.

  1. Passage planning
    • Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capabilities of the yacht, navigation, provisioning (food equpment etc), weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
    • Knows customs procedures
  2. Preparation for sea
    • Can prepare a yacht for sea including safety briefing, delegating responsibilities, equipment/engine checks, watch keeping and stowage.
    • Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages
  3. Pilotage
    • Can pilot a yacht by day and night
    • Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations
  4. Passage making and ability as skipper
    • Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew
    • Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage
    • Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
    • Is aware of crew welfare on passage
    • Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes
  5. Yacht handling under power
    • Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
    • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  6. Yacht handling under sail
    • Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
    • Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
    • Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing
  7. Adverse weather conditions
    • Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds