RYA Online Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Online Theory Course includes free access to Diesel engine course.

Delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training

Pre-Course Requirements & Suitability

A more advanced course in navigation and meteorology, suitable for more experienced skippers and students who either have already successfully completed the RYA Day Skipper course, or who have theory knowledge to Day Skipper level.

This course is definitely not suitable for beginners.

Remember, if you are interested in multiple courses, please contact us for guidance and details of special discounts available.


Work at your own pace – maximum 6 months to complete (with optional extensions). The online format means you can learn anytime, anywhere – so long as you have access to the internet. If you like the idea of taking the course in this way, please take a look at the Free Trial and then go to our booking page to sign up and pay online. We will then email your login details and link for you to get started.


Online RYA Coastal Yachtmaster Theory Course  cost £315 – and includes free access to Diesel engine course.

Complimentary delivery to UK via DHL Express. Additional charges for rest of the world, please see the drop down below or contact us for current prices.

Fully inclusive (no hidden extras!) Easy secure payment book online with PayPal.
We also accept payment by credit or debit card, cheque, bank transfer, etc.


Remember, if you are interested in multiple courses, please contact us for guidance & details of special discounts available.

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Our RYA Online Coastal Yachtmaster Theory Course Provides:

Personal tuition during your course from a fully qualified RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Instructor.

Online assessment that can be taken in your own home.

Instant feedback on your submitted answers followed by personal feedback from your RYA Instructor.

Flexibility in being able to access your course anywhere at anytime on any computer.

Animated lessons and answers that take you step by step through every stage.

The RYA Coastal Yachtmaster theory course takes Day Skipper level students to a completely new level bringing an understanding of secondary ports, a greater knowledge of tidal streams, heights etc. Safety, weather, position fixing and much more is covered in greater detail. The Coastal/Yachtmaster theory course is the level required for RYA Coastal Yachtmaster, RYA Yachtmaster offshore practical certificates and is a pre course requirement for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course.

The course is made up of detailed lessons, most of which are animated for easy learning. Each lessen is followed by a set of questions which you can answer online. Once an answer is submitted the feedback is instant in the form of a detailed answer page. Some answers will be forwarded to your instructor who will provide personal feedback and help where required.


We send you a theory pack with charts, books & general information. Included is a personal link to the Navathome Online Theory site, where all the lessons are laid out in an easy to understand way. You can check your own work as you go by clicking answer buttons. These include full colour pictures of the chart work etc. On successful completion of the course exercises we send you a password to access the end of course assessment. Complete the examination online in your own home. Your RYA Course Completion Certificate is then forwarded to you once the examination papers are completed successfully.

Should you have any difficulties we provide a full back up service whereby you can contact us by email or phone. Your questions will be dealt with promptly by a fully qualified RYA Instructor. We also have reciprocal arrangements with some sailing schools in the UK, Menorca, Gibraltar, & Gran Canaria, where if you wish you can put some of the theory into practice on a practical course before completing your final theory exams. In this case your instructor will check your theory & help you with any parts you may be having difficulty with, & when you are ready you can complete the exam.


The RYA Coastal Yachtmaster theory course equips you to navigate safely on coastal & offshore passages. It builds on the Day Skipper theory knowledge & moves on to advanced navigation techniques including a greater knowledge of secondary ports, tidal streams, heights , safety, meteorology, position fixing & much more.


On receipt of payment we issue you with a username & password allowing you instant access to the online course & also post out to you the RYA course pack containing RYA Training Charts, the RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster course notes, the RYA Training Almanac & the RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster Course Exercise papers.

The RYA assessment & certificate are all included in the price.

The course is made up of detailed lessons, most of which are animated for easy learning. Each lesson is followed by a set of questions which can be answered online. Once an answer is submitted the feedback is instant in the form of a detailed answer page. Some answers will be forwarded to your instructor who will provide personal feedback & help where required.

The RYA recommends a total of 60 hours tuition for the course. We do find on average that it takes people between 50 and 70 hours to complete over a couple of months, however we do allow up to 6 months for completion if necessary, with an optional extension if more time is required.

For the duration of the course you would have a dedicated Yachtmaster Instructor providing feedback, personal help & instruction.

Once the course has been completed, the course assessment can be taken online in your own home. (On line students who intend to enter the MCA large yacht qualifications will always require a formally invigilated exam.) On successful completion, your certificate will be issued.

Syllabus for the Online Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Course

Position: Understand dead reckoning & estimated position. Understand satellite-derived position. Use of waypoints. Radar fixes. Techniques of visual fixing. Understand fixes using a mixture of position lines. Relative accuracy of different methods of position lines. Understand areas of uncertainty

The magnetic compass: Allowance for variation. Understand change of variation with tie & position. Understand causes of deviation. Swing for deviation (but not correction). Allowance for deviation. Different types of compass.

Tides: Causes of tides – Springs & Neaps. Tide tables – sources. Tidal levels & datum. Standard & secondary ports. Tidal anomalies.

Tidal streams: Sources of tidal information. Tidal stream information in sailing directions & yachtsmen’s Almanacs. Allowance for tidal stream in computing a course to steer. Tide rips, overfalls & races. Tidal observation buoys, beacons etc

Buoyage: IALA system buoyage in Region A. Limitations of buoys as navigational aids.

Lights: Understand characteristics. Ranges – visual, luminous & nominal. Rising & dipping distances. Light lists.

Pilotage: Harbour regulations & control signals. Methods of pre-planning. Clearing lines. Use of soundings. Transits & leading lines.

GPS & chart plotters: Principles of operation & limitations of use. Raster & vector charts. Understand datum. Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source & keeping a separate record of position. Importance of paper charts.

Echo sounders: Principles of operation & limitations of use.

Logs (speed & distance measuring): Principles of operation & limitation of use.

Deck log: Importance of log as yachts official document. Layout of log, hourly & occasional entries.

Meteorology: Understand basic terms, the Beaufort scale. Air masses. Cloud types. Weather patterns associated with pressure & frontal systems. Sources of weather forecasts. Ability to interpret a shipping forecast, weatherfax and weather satellite information. Land & sea breezes. Sea fog. Use of a barometer as a forecasting aid.

Rules of the road: A sound knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, except Annexes 1 & 3.

Safety at sea: Personal safety, use of life jackets, safety harnesses & lifelines. Fire prevention & fire fighting. Distress signals. Coastguard & Boat Safety Scheme. Preparation for heavy weather. Liferafts & helicopter rescue. Understanding of capabilities of vessel & basic knowledge of stability.

Navigation in restricted visibility: Precautions to be taken in fog. Limitations to safe navigation imposed by fog. Navigation strategy in poor visibility.

Passage planning: Preparation of charts & notebook for route planning & making, & use at sea. Custom regulations as they apply to yachts. Routine navigating in coastal waters. Strategy for course laying. Use of waypoints & routes. Use of weather forecast information for passage planning strategy. Sources of local & national regulations.

Marine environment: Responsibility to minimise pollution & protect the marine environment.


The contract is between Navathome.com and the student. Under Navathome.com and consumer protection (Distance Selling) regulations you have a statuary cooling off period of 14 business days from the day you receive your course. During this period you can cancel your purchase up to 14 days from the day of purchase.

At any time during this period you can notify the training centre that you wish to cancel your contract with us and we will give a full refund including any delivery charges.

The course materials must be returned in an ‘as new’ condition and the postage paid.

If the course materials are being returned because they are faulty then the training centre will refund any postage costs.

Access to the online course material is terminated immediately. You will not be able to claim a full refund if the course material has been damaged or if you have no proof of purchase.

The training centre reserves the right to deduct for the net cost of any missing or damaged course materials and postage.

Payments for course fees are due, in full, at the time of enrolment. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by cheque in GBP, drawn on a UK bank, or by Debit/Credit card or Paypal.

In the case of payment by cheque we reserve the right to allow the cheque to clear before dispatching your student pack.

Once payment has been made and confirmed students will be sent the student pack and be supplied with the log in information to access the online course.

The student pack will be sent on the next working day and delivery to Europe is included in the course price.

Additional fees may be applied to addresses outside of these areas. Navathome will not be held responsible for any duty or expenses incurred in the country of delivery.

Course expiry
There is an extendable access period of 6 months set for the course. An admin fee of £30 is charged for each time the course is extended.

If the access lapses it can still be extended anytime within a period of 3 years from the date the access period lapsed.

If a course remains dormant for more than 3 years, (has lapsed and not been extended within a period of three years) it will be terminated and the log in removed.

Once a student has passed the assessment their course is complete and their access terminated.

Internet access
Students must have access to the internet and email to complete the course.

The course is not transferable and access is for the applicant only.

Please check that the free trial runs on your device before booking. The courses do not use a platform so work on most devices including Ipad, Iphone, PC, Mac, Android etc.

There some issues with the free chart plotter simulator provided by the RYA. It works on PC and Mac but not on mobile devices. It is not essential to the courses so can be worked around if a student does not have access the PC based units.

Pre course knowledge
Students should be at the correct level for the course being taken. Coastal/Yachtmaster theory is required before taking the RYA Ocean theory.

What we provide
We will provide online back up and land line telephone backup as required by each student and every endeavour will be made to help students achieve their aims.

We will not disclose information about students unless we are legally obliged to do so or a student has agreed in writing in advance.

By enrolling you confirm that we may hold necessary business information about you including your name, address, course booking, payment and course record. No credit card information is held by Navathome.

Any contract between you and us shall be governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.

All dealings, correspondence and contact between us and you shall be made or conducted in the English language.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of course information. However, we cannot accept any liability for errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the course content.

We continuously improve the course content and we do welcome any feedback from students which improve the quality of the course.

All online material has been written and is under copyright to Navathome.com Ltd/ No part of the online documents can be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) or for any purpose, without the express written permission of Vic and Lyn Punch. Course material should be treated as for any copyrighted material.

Thanks Michelle for the quick reply, your encouragement is much appreciated

Minghui, China

"Congratulations on your very didactic online course. Would it be possible to continue with another six months for the Coastal Theory?"


Recommended Reading for the RYA Online Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Online Theory Course

RYA Yachtmaster Handbook

RYA Yachtmaster Handbook

The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook is the first official & definitive guide for anyone preparing for the world-renowned RYA Yachtmaster Offshore & Coastal examinations. It will not only appeal to both leisure sailors & motor cruisers; there is a section covering commercial endorsement requirements for those who wish to use their qualification professionally. It describes what you can expect on the day of the examination, the thinking behind the test & what the examiner is looking for.
£19.99 + £1.50 p&p – also available as an eBook

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea - 2nd Edition

RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea outlines the regulations concerning what should be done when a vessel is coming into contact with any other vessels.

It is therefore a vital aspect of seamanship, as every person taking to the seas must be confident that they will know what to do in these situations.

Outlined within the chapters is information on the conduct of vessels in many different situations. These are clearly laid out, enabling the reader to accurately translate the rules.
£13.59 + £1.50 p&p. (UK) – Also available as an eBook

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

RYA Navigation Handbook (G6)

Whether you are studying navigation as part of an RYA course or just want to know more about the art of navigation, this book is highly recommended. The RYA has adapted its Day Skipper, Coastal skipper,& Yachtmaster courses to reflect the fact that many sailors & motor boats now regard electronic instruments as their principal means of navigation. This book gives equal weight to both electronic & traditional methods, through both the means of power & sail. Tim Bartlett is one of the country’s leading experts on navigation. Tim learnt to navigate as part of his professional training at Dartmouth Naval College & then since leaving the navy has become the Technical Editor of Motor Boat & Yachting magazine.
£19.49 + £1.50 p&p – also available as an eBook

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

RYA Navigation Exercises - 2nd Edition (G7)

The RYA Navigation Exercises – 2nd Edition is the only book to accompany all RYA training courses. As co-author of the Yachtmaster® & Day Skipper test papers, Chris Slade has revised & updated RYA Navigation Exercises to provide this 2nd edition of invaluable practice exercises & answers.

All vital aspects of seamanship are included, from estimated positions & tide tables to meteorology & maydays. Through full colour illustrations, this book follows the newly revised Yachtmaster® syllabus & includes recent developments in electronic chart plotting & GPS.
£22.49 + £1.50 p&p (UK) – also available as an eBook

RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDS'S)

Symbols & Abbreviations (5011)

Essential for all mariners using Admiralty charts (both paper & ARCS), this publication illustrates Symbols & Abbreviations in full colour, along with full explanations. The publication also contains information on hydrography, topography & navigational aids & services.
£23.30 + £1.50 p&p (UK) – also available as an eBook

RYA Weather Handbook

RYA Weather Handbook (G1)

Written by a sailor for sailors, the RYA Weather Handbook explains the complexities of weather and is full of practical & useful advice on how to understand weather maps & improve your forecasting skills.

Chris Tibbs has 250,000 seagoing miles under his belt, so the book is written by an author who really knows & understands sailing.
£17.99 + £1.50 p&p – also available as an eBook

A Seaman's Guide to the Rule of the Road

A Seaman's Guide to the Rule of the Road (ZS09)

These cards show the view forward from the deck of various vessels (power, sailing and fishing) of developing traffic situations at sea. In each case the mariner has to decide the correct course of action to navigate his vessel through the hazard. The reverse of the card gives the proper course and also quotes the relevant collision rule.

These cards are a simple and effective way of learning and remembering maritime rules of the road. Also recommended for RYA Shorebased Course students.

There are 50 cards in the pack.


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