Coastal Skipper


Course Title: Coastal Skipper

Cost: €799

Course duration : 5 days

Accreditation: Royal Yachting Association

The Coastal Skipper course is full of advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

Like the Day Skipper course, this course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.  There is a residential option if required.

Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions.


  • Intricate Passage Planning
  • Preparation for Offshore Passages
  • Pilotage plans for entering into harbours and coves by day and night
  • In depth skippering including all responsibilities
  • Advanced Yacht Handling under power
  • Heavy weather sailing and preparation
  • Understanding how to abandon a vessel.

All Courses meet at INSS Clubhouse at 9.30am on first day of course. Where courses run on concurrent days overnight accommodation is aboard the yacht. Course finish times may vary depending on destinations and weather conditions.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

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Participant Requirements/Knowledge

Participants are recommended to have the following experience, minimum 15 days at sea; 300 miles logged, and at least 8 hours at night and 2 days as skipper. Prior to this course, it is recommended that you will have completed the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course, or have knowledge to an equivalent standard.

This course is held on board either our Elan 36 ‘Beaufort Venture’ or our First 36 ‘Lulla Belle’. Both are 36-foot cruising yachts with 6 berths, full kitchen including stove and fridge, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

We provide foul weather waterproofs from Gill Marine.

Course Calendar

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Course 1: 29 May - 2 June

Monday 29th May 2023 - Friday 2nd June 2023


Course 2: 31 July - 4 August

Monday 31st July 2023 - Friday 4th August 2023


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