RYA Qualifying Milebuilders (Advanced)


DATE: Multiple

DURATION: 6 days


LEVEL: Intermediate

BOAT: Beneteau First 40

STARTPOINT: Cherbourg Sun 16:00

ENDPOINT: Cherbourg Sat 16:00

COST * 1.750,-


* Not included in the price is transportation to and from the Marina and all costs ashore, such as food and drinks.

RYA Coastal Skipper

What’s Included

  • Professional RYA Instructor (ratio 1/4)
  • Cruising Performance Class (Sail wardrobe on board)
  • High safety standards (Lifejackets, Epirb, Radar, Liferaft)
  • All nights aboard (shared cabins)
  • All meals and drinks onboard (cook together)
  • Bed linen and Towels
  • Yacht consumables (Mooring fees, diesel fuel, gas, water)
  • Free parking (Medemblik)
  • Memories of a lifetime

Course dates

What You will learn

  • Using eletronic plotter
  • Radar
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Engines
  • Skipper Abilities
  • Advanced Sail trim
  • Rules of the road in depth (IRPCS)
  • Leadership
  • Emergency situations in depth
  • Advanced Pilotage
  • Man overboard drill multiple methods
  • Navigation and chartwork
  • Coastal night voyages
  • Passage making
  • Maintenance and Repair Work
  • Yacht Handling confined space


RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate

Next Step ——–

RYA Marine Radio Certificate
RYA First Aid Certificate
RYA Radar Certificate
RYA 800 qualifying miles logged
RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate
RYA 2500 qualifying miles logged
RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate

Course schedule

Embark on a thrilling six-day voyage with the RYA Coastal Skipper course, where we chart a course not just across waters, but through the very art of advanced seamanship. Let’s hoist the sails for an adventure that hones the skill and spirit of every aspiring skipper.

This enriching journey is available in two captivating locations: the scenic waters of the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands, and the vibrant sailing grounds starting from Cherbourg, offering exhilarating trips around the Channel Islands and the Solent region. Ideal for those new to the world of sailing, this course offers an all-encompassing introduction to sailing skills, set against a backdrop of diverse and dynamic environments. Whether you’re navigating the tranquil waters of the IJsselmeer or exploring the bustling Solent, this course promises a memorable and transformative sailing experience.

Following is an example of how a typical course week might unfold:

We kick off our journey in true mariner fashion, diving straight into the intricacies of advanced navigation. It’s a day where charts and compasses become your close allies. We’ll weave through the complex tapestry of coastal navigation, decrypting tidal theories and unravelling the mysteries of electronic aids. As the sun dips below the horizon, we gather under the stars, discussing the day’s lessons with the rhythmic lapping of waves as our soundtrack.

Day two brings us face to face with the tides. We’ll master the art of pilotage in tidal waters, charting courses that respect the rhythm of the sea. You’ll learn to dance with the tides, not against them, using their flow to your advantage. The day’s challenge culminates in a hands-on pilotage exercise, threading our way through imaginary shoals and hidden dangers, sharpening our skills in the crucible of practical navigation.

On the third day, we turn our gaze skyward, deciphering weather patterns and cloud formations. Here, you’ll learn to read the sky like a seasoned sailor, predicting weather changes that are crucial for coastal cruising. As the afternoon breeze picks up, we shift our focus to yacht handling under power and sail. It’s a ballet of wind and waves, and you’re the choreographer, commanding the vessel with newfound confidence.

Today, we plot and execute a challenging coastal passage. This is where theory meets practice, where planning interweaves with real-time decision-making. As a skipper-in-training, you’ll take the helm, leading your crew with the wisdom and assurance of a seasoned captain. Every decision, every manoeuvre is a stroke in the portrait of your developing skipper’s acumen.

As dusk falls, the sea cloaks itself in mystery. Night sailing is an art, and you’re about to become an artist. Navigating by the stars, feeling the yacht’s response to the invisible wind, you’ll learn the secrets that only the night can teach. It’s a surreal experience, one that melds all your senses into a heightened state of awareness.

Our final day is a testament to your journey. We revisit key areas, fine-tuning your command over emergency procedures, safety protocols, and crew management. The climax is a comprehensive passage where you’ll showcase your leadership and sailing prowess, a true trial by water that crowns your transformation from sailor to skipper.

Join us for this spellbinding six-day saga with Driven by Nature, where we mould dreams into realities on the high seas. It’s not merely a course; it’s a passage through the rites of nautical mastery, leaving you not just as a sailor, but as a skipper ready to chart your own course across the vast, open waters.

This Coastal Skipper programme is not just a course; it’s an adventure that takes you into the depths of sailing skills and knowledge. It builds on what you’ve learned in the Dayskipper course and takes you on a deeper and more specialised learning experience, preparing you to confidently act as a skipper.


The road to RYA Yachtmaster

Ahoy there! So, you’ve dipped your toes into the boundless seas with your Competent Crew certificate snug in your pocket, and now you’re eyeing the horizon, where the proud title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits. Well, my friend, you’re in for an exhilarating voyage, one that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.

First off, remember this: becoming a Yachtmaster isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s a journey of transformation. You’re not just learning skills; you’re becoming a mariner. And what a journey it is!

Step 1: Building Experience After your Competent Crew adventure, it’s time to rack up those nautical miles. Get yourself aboard as many different boats as you can. Each vessel has its own quirks and charms, much like people. You’ll learn how to handle a sprightly 30-footer and a grand 50-foot yacht, each teaching you lessons in humility and confidence.

Step 2: Day Skipper – Taking the Helm Next, you’ll want to earn your Day Skipper qualification. Here’s where you move from crew to commander, learning the art of navigation, pilotage, boat handling, and the fine craft of leading a crew. It’s not just about charts and compasses; it’s about growing a leader’s spine. You’ll start making decisions, and remember, a decision, right or wrong, is often better than no decision at all.

Step 3: Advanced Skills and Coastal Skipper Now, onto the Coastal Skipper. This is where the game gets upped. You’ll be dealing with complex passages, night sailing, and refining those sailing skills till they shine like a polished bell. Coastal Skipper isn’t just a title; it’s a statement. It says you can take a boat and crew safely through challenging waters and bring them home with tales to tell.

Step 4: Mastering Theory Don’t forget the books! Yachtmaster theory is no walk in the park. You’ll delve into advanced navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and safety. It’s like learning to play chess; every piece moves differently, and you need to think several moves ahead.

Step 5: Gaining More Sea Miles Before you can stand for the Yachtmaster exam, you need a bag full of sea miles and some solid skippering experience. These aren’t just numbers; they’re your stories, your trials, and your triumphs.

Step 6: The Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Finally, you’re ready for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It’s a practical test of your sailing ability, your leadership, and your wits. You’ll be tested on everything from man-overboard recovery to handling the yacht in rough weather. It’s intense, but remember, the sea doesn’t compromise, and neither does the Yachtmaster standard.

Becoming a Yachtmaster Offshore isn’t just about mastering the seas; it’s about mastering yourself. It’s a title that speaks of salt in your hair, wind in your face, and a depth of experience that only the sea can teach. So, set your sights, brave mariner, for the journey is grand, and the title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits you with open arms!