Coastal Skipper – Level 3
More OFFSHORE, more RESPONSIBILITY
This is the level where knowledge, ability and the confidence to deal with changing conditions and unexpected situations becomes even more important. Sometimes out of sight of land, or by night, you really need to know where you are and what is going on around you. Knowledge of the basic principles of sailing and navigation are necessary before attempting to reach this more challenging level. The Coastal Skipper course aims to instruct on all the basics required to go on to Yachtmaster – once achieved the next step is to go out and get more experience, in as many different places and conditions that can be found!
- Navigation skills – Passage Planning, Pilotage, Position fixing, Tides (Including Secondary Ports), Tidal Streams, Passage Making, special requirements for night-time navigation. (Shorebased Theory Course highly recommended).
- Comprehensive knowledge of Collision Regulations, and Rules of the Road.
- Boat handling – sail onto a mooring buoy or to anchor, retrieve a Man Overboard under sail as well as sail efficiently and safely in heavy weather.
- Yacht handling under power – alongside berthing, stern to docking, manoeuvring in restricted spaces, use of docking lines to manoeuvre.
- Preparing to go to sea – Pre departure safety checks, crew briefing, weather forecast, report passage plan to responsible person ashore.
- Solid understanding of Weather Forecasting and predicting probable weather conditions from studying clouds.
- Knowledge of local regulations, legal documents that should be carried on board, and Customs and Immigration procedures on arrival in a different country.