The RYA Coastal Skipper Sail practical course prepares those with previous skippering experience to undertake longer voyages. 

Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. The coastal skipper practical course prepares those with previous skippering experience to undertake longer voyages. 

During the course your instructor will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping and preparation for sea. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the yacht. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the yacht in a wide variety of situations. You live on board the boat for 5 days visiting many different harbours and anchorages in beautiful Moreton Bay and have at least 4 hours night sailing. 

At the successful completion of the course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skippers course completion certificate and will be able to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently as well as charter yachts around the world. 

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
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What will you learn: 

  • Preparation for Sea 
  • Navigation 
  • Pilotage 
  • Meteorology 
  • Rules of the Road 
  • Maintenance 
  • Engine 
  • Radio Operation 
  • Victualling 
  • Handling Under Motor and Power 

  • Previous Experience

    15 Days, 2 Days as Skipper, 300 miles, 8 night hours, navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper level. Sailing to Day Skipper standard.

  • Course Duration

    5-day block

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Coastal Skipper

    Automatic qualification for ICC

An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala
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