The ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased course develops a recreational sailor's ability to skipper a sailing or motor yacht on coastal passages during daylight and at night.
Shorebased course certificates are course attendance certificates and can only be awarded following successful course completion. Shorebased course completion certificates cannot therefore be issued solely on the basis of assessments completed without course attendance.
The Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased course Certificates are not prerequisites for the Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore certificate examinations; candidates for either of these exams are however, strongly recommended to undertake the relevant shorebased course or courses.
The ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course develops the recreational sailor's ability to skipper a sailing or motor yacht on coastal and offshore passages during daylight and at night. Shorebased course certificates are course attendance certificates and can only be awarded following successful course completion. Shorebased course completion certificates cannot therefore be issued solely on the basis of assessments completed without course attendance.
The Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course certificates are not pre requisites for the ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased or ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased certificate examinations; candidates for either of these exams are, however, strongly recommended to undertake the relevant shorebased course or courses.
This course provides recreational powerboat users the skills needed to plan and use boats during day light hours, in waters in which they are familiar. It will include the typical skills necessary to enjoy family day trips and longer coastal passages.
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the ISA Coastal Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on ocean passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.
This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the ISA Yachtmaster Ocean, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.
As with the Yachtmaster Navigation shorebased course, the ISA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.
Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.
The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. Intensive week-long course.
Course topics include:
Course Type: Theory
Required Experience: Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Navigation
Minimum Duration: 40 hours (16 evenings or five days)
It is recomended that the Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation is completed before the exam as this gives the candidate a higher chance of success.
The ISA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence Syllabus - Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Syllabi (ISA MCA) - Candidates may be given the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge or competence in the areas listed below
In each section the examiner will expect to see the candidate take full responsibility for the management of the yacht and crew. In ISA Yachtmaster Offshore exams the candidate will be expected to demonstrate competence based on broad experience.
Questions will be confirmed to the International Regulations and although Yachtmaster candidates must be aware of the existence of Local Regulations they will not be expected to memorise specific local regulations:
Yachtmaster Candidates will be expected to know what safety equipment should be carried on board a Motorboat, based either on the recommendations in ISA booklet C8, the Special Regulations of the ORC or the Codes of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Vessels. In particular, candidates must know the responsibilities of a skipper in relation to:
Candidates for Yachtmaster Offshore exam will be expected to answer questions or demonstrate ability in more complex situations and will also be expected to show a higher level of expertise:
The ISA Coastal Skipper course is suitable for more advanced skippers who have a practical ability to ISA Day Skipper level, a knowledge of; navigation, meteorology, collision regulations safety and passage planning up to ISA Coastal Skipper / ISA Yachtmaster Coastal Shorebased standard; and have logged a minimum of 15 days onboard (2 days as skipper), 8 night hours and 300 miles. Additional mileage attained on the course will count towards the minimum pre exam requirements. The course concentrates on the techniques and skills required to skipper a yacht on passages involving more complex decision making, cruise planning, navigation, and pilotage. A passage of longer duration, with particular emphasis placed on watch keeping techniques will usually be undertaken to demonstrate how to manage the yacht on such a passage.
In addition, you will be given the opportunity to improve your close quarters boat handling skills under power and sail. Preparation of the yacht for heavy weather cruising and navigation in restricted visibility is also discussed and practised. By the end of this course the successful Coastal Skipper will have sufficient knowledge to skipper a yacht safely on long coastal and offshore passages by day and night, in both tidal and non-tidal waters. This course is suitable those who wish to go on to take the ISA / MCA Coastal Skipper examination. Candidates must also hold the RYA SRC VHF Radio/Restricted (VHF only) Radio Operator's Certificate, Short Range Certificate and RYA First Aid/ISA First Aid Certificate or recognised alternatives. 5 Days ISA course completion certificate; plus weekend examination by an independent examiner if the full ISA / MCA Coastal Skipper certificate of competency is required.
After completing the day skipper theory course you will put into practice all that you have learned in the classroom when each person is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short coastal passages. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety. You will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.