RYA Coastal Skipper Practical


Our Caribbean RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course is a 5-day liveaboard fun course where you will plan and sail a series of longer coastal passages while refining your skippering skills such as pilotage and night navigation.

Course Content

The RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course builds on the knowledge developed in the RYA Coastal Skipper Theory Course and your RYA Day Skipper Practical. You will experience sailing the vessel in different sea and weather conditions and develop leadership and management of the crew.  We will have some 60 nautical mile skippered passages to further hone your abilities as a navigator.

We will cover the entire syllabus starting from our base in Jolly Harbour on the west coast of Antigua, your sailing routes might include sailing to Five Islands Bay for some anchoring practice, then up around  Green Island for the night, then continuing down and around to English Harbour and Falmouth, or even, depending on the weather, sail up to gorgeous Barbuda with its white and pink beaches or to our neighboring island country of Guadeloupe.    All this while we review general theory concepts, practical safety briefs and how to deal with emergencies, as well as the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, communications, and terminology.

Upon successful completion of the Costal Skipper Practical Course, you’ll receive the RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate allowing you to charter and skipper a boat on your own.

Prerequisites for this course:

  • RYA Day Skipper and /or all the following
  • 15 days, 300 nautical miles, and 8 night hours on a sailing yacht and a few days of skippering on your own
  • Theory to the level of RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course. We strongly advise you to take the RYA Theory course beforehand online (the most convenient way) or take the RYA Classroom Theory course here with us.
  • We also recommend that all skippers take the RYA SRC Radio Course, for knowledge and safety. Taking the RYA Diesel Engine course is also a good fit at this time
  • 16 years old

Next Steps:

Once you have completed your RYA Coastal Skipper, you have a variety of options to put your skills and knowledge to use, from vacations and charters with friends and family to completing deliveries, joining a racing team or thinking about buying your own boat.  If you do not already have it, you can apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence).  As you accumulate mileage and experience, you can start thinking about your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore!

You can join us for further courses and events such as Mileage Builders, Race Training and Regattas, and finally,

RYA Yachtmaster Intensive Offshore

RYA Yachtmaster Prep Week

Included Safety equipment

Accommodation on board in a shared cabin

Sheets, pillow cover, quick dry towel

Docking fees

Fuel, water

Teaching  materials

RYA Certificate

Not included Food provisioning to share with other students

Transport from and to the school

Duration 5 Days
Bring along Please download “Joining Instructions” below



Minimum rate of 3 Students – Maximum of 5

1550$ USD per person

414A Jolly Harbour, Antigua


Before doing your RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course, we strongly advise to complete the theory course first as you will need to demonstrate the knowledge covered in its syllabus:

RYA Coastal Skipper theory Online or RYA Coastal Skipper theory Classroom

Or do the RYA Coastal Skipper Intensive Course that allows the students to complete both the RYA Coastal Skipper Theory Classroom and Coastal Skipper Practical programs as one continuous learning experience. 

  • Duration of the course: 9 days
  • Price: 2200$ USD


Another option is RYA Coastal Skipper Practical + RYA Coastal Skipper Theory Online:

  • Duration: 45 hours online + 5 days on board
  • Price: 1899$ USD


Recommended courses and experiences following your RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course:

RYA Yachtmaster Intensive Offshore 

RYA Yachtmaster Prep Week