RYA Coastal Skipper

Who is it for?

The RYA Coastal Skipper is designed for already licensed skippers who want to sail further offshore and venture on longer passages, including night sailing and night watch systems

Minimum requirements – RYA Coastal Skipper

– Minimum age: 17 years old
– 300 miles on a yacht
– 2 days as skipper
– 15 days onboard
– 8 night hours
Please note: These are the minimum requirements from the RYA, however, our experience tells us that much more sailing experience than listed above is needed, as an RYA Day Skipper as a minimum. As the expected theory knowledge level is high, it is highly recommended to take the Yachtmaster shorebased theory course, now available also as an online course HERE.

And if you just need a book to start studying ahead of the course or refresh your knowledge, you can visit our SHOP and purchase a few items there.

What do you get?

The course is designed to provide the skills and confidence to plan and execute longer passages at sea, involving night watches. We will include at least one long passage (> 12 hours), including night pilotage into an unknown harbour or marina. You will learn how to consider vessel and crew capabilities, ports of refuge, weather and more. During the course you will:

– plan longer passages (> 12 hours), including night sailing using a watch system

– sail one or two long passages (> 12 hours), including extensive night sailing and pilotage into a harbour

– learn how to properly consider vessel and crew capabilities, weather forecast for a longer time span, define ports of refuge, victualling, and more.

– have sailed among the most beautiful waters and bays in Croatia

– have made lifelong friends!

How to book

Scroll the list of the courses in the box to the right (desktop) or at the bottom (mobile) of the page, choose the date that suits you, and click on it to start the booking process

RYA Coastal Skipper – Program

You will be taught how to plan and execute a longer, coastal passage. We will go through route planning, weather forecast, victualling, defining ports of refuge, reviewing different watch system options and executing at least one long passage (>12 hours).
We will practice a lot of manoeuvres under sail, including the recovery of a man overboard, picking up a buoy, and sailing in confined spaces.
You will plan and execute a pilotage into unknown harbours or marina, including at night.
You will spend the week aboard our yacht, visiting many beautiful bays and harbours in Croatia.

With a maximum of 5 students per yacht, your instructors can devote plenty of time to your needs and focus the program on the areas you need most.


There is no formal exam to obtain either the Coastal Skipper certificate. The instructor will follow your progress during the week, provide you with regular feedback in what is could ‘continuous assessment’, and constantly adapting the action plan to cover any gaps. At the end of the week, there will be a final one-to-one debrief, by which point the outcome should not be a surprise to anyone.

If successful, you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate!


1,199 Euro

What’s included and what is not:


  • 6 full days tuition from an RYA qualified instructor
  • Accommodation in a shared cabin onboard a modern yacht
  • Linens & towels, and final boat cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard!
  • Marina fees at home port
  • RYA Coastal Skipper certificate (if successful)


  • Food and drinks (also for the instructor)
  • Marina / anchorage fees outside of home port
  • Diesel and Croatian tourist tax (approx 20 Euro p/p)
  • Travel to/from Primosten

Location & time

Start: Saturday at 16:00
End: Saturday at 9:00
possibility to leave already on the Friday evening

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Marina Kremik, Primosten (HR) is conveniently located only 30 min drive from Split International Airport.

Since our courses start on the Saturday afternoon at 16:00, you have plenty of time to fly or drive and arrive at the marina. And if your plane lands a bit later, it is no problem!
We will return back to the marina on the Friday afternoon, and we will first enjoy a drink together to celebrate and debrief the achievements of the week.

Afterwards we will have time for a shower, chill and then you are free to either leave or stay for dinner together with the rest of the crew and leave on the Saturday morning by 9:00

How to book

Scroll the list of the courses in the box to the right (desktop) or at the bottom (mobile) of the page, choose the date that suits you, and click on it to start the booking process.
If there no courses are shown, give us a call at +43 664 88360842 or send us an email at info@white-wake.com and we can discuss what we can do

For a detailed description of the RYA Coastal Skipper Syllabus click HERE