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RYA Coastal Skipper course

Boost your skippering! Advanced

Do you want to enhance your skippering skills to sail by day and night safely? The RYA Coastal Skipper is an excellent course for you. You’ll experience skippering on long passages and watch keeping, ready to find your way in bad weather and fog. You’ll handle docking, anchoring, catching a buoy, and all emergencies under sail.

Course duration: 5 days (Sunday to Thursday)Availability: March to NovemberAge: 17 (17 - 18 only accompanied by parent/guardian at all times)Language: EnglishStudent-Instructor ratio: 5 – 1Daily schedule: 9 – 17 h (with some night cruising)

RYA Coastal Skipper – Course description

We promise to show you tricks of the pros on the RYA Coastal Skipper course. We’ll also give you many tips and coach you on handling the yacht and managing the crew on more demanding coastal and offshore, day and night passages. So you get the skills and confidence to do it independently and safely after the course. Training on this course also puts an excellent foundation for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster(TM) qualifications.

You would need experienced Day Skipper sailing skills and theoretical knowledge of the Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory to be able to join and follow the course. You also need to be open to learning and ready to work hard on upgrading your skippering.

Our experienced and patient RYA instructors will help you achieve your goal of becoming a Coastal Skipper. They have thousands of miles under their belt and helped many Coastal Skipper candidates achieve their goals.

You’ll spend five days living on board a brand new, perfectly clean, heated, spacious and fast sailing yacht fully equipped for comfortable cruising. We’ll also anchor in stunning bays perfect for swimming in crystal clear azure – hazards free – Adriatic sea. During the RYA Coastal skipper course, we’ll visit picturesque islands and cosy Dalmatian villages with great local food and culture.

With the RYA Coastal Skipper certificate, you can charter a yacht worldwide. You’ll also need an RYA VHF – SRC marine radio certificate to charter a yacht in Croatia and elsewhere.

Single-use of cabin available

What will you learn:

  • Preparation of the yacht and crew for long passage in adverse weather conditions
  • Night cruising and piloting
  • Safety brief, life raft use, helicopter rescue procedure
  • Advanced navigation and coastal passage planning
  • Piloting in and out of harbours and channels during the night
  • Chart Plotter (GPS)
  • Blind navigation
  • Finding a spot in the sea
  • Watch-keeping system
  • Actions in fog and restricted visibility
  • Storm sails
  • Docking, catching a buoy and anchoring under sails and engine
  • Boat handling under motor and sail in a confined space
  • Advanced meteorology – interpreting the weather trends
  • Advanced Rules of avoiding collision – lights, sound signals, shapes
  • Engine checks
  • Emergency situations – person overboard under sails and engine

Ability after the course:

To confidently and safely skipper a small yacht on coastal or offshore passages by day and night and in adverse weather conditions. To take care of crew and yacht safety, navigation, docking and anchoring, weather, collision regulations and emergency situations.


  • RYA Coastal Skipper (for successful students)
  • At least 150 Nautical miles and 8 hours of night navigation in the RYA logbook


Jezera and surrounding islands, bays and villages.

Although we’re trying to show you the most of our sailing area during the course, safety is crucial in the RYA courses. The exact route of the course will depend primarily on the instructor’s judgement of the weather conditions and the crew’s ability.


  • Brand new and perfectly clean, heated, spacious and fast sailing yacht, fully equipped for a comfortable cruising
  • Accommodation on board (shared cabins) – single-use of cabin available
  • Free unlimited wi-fi on board
  • RYA Instructor
  • RYA course materials and handbooks
  • RYA certificates, after successful completion of the course
  • Use of self-inflatable automatic life jacket
  • Docking fees in the base marina - ACI Jezera
  • Fuel
  • Cooking gas
  • Bed sheets, covers, duvets, pillows, pillowcases, towels (beach towels included)
  • Cleaning utensils, kitchen towels, bathroom soap, mosquito repellent
  • Plates, glasses, cups, cutlery
  • Coffe, tea on board
  • Final cleaning
  • Tourist tax
  • VAT

Not included:

  • Flights and travel costs
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Docking/buoy fees in other marinas/bays
  • Food & drinks – for the crew and the instructor


  • Pre-course experience: Sailing experience and knowledge to experienced Day Skipper level - at least 15 days, two days as skipper, 300 miles, eight night hours
  • Assumed knowledge: Theoretical knowledge to Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory course level

DEHLER 38 SQ - Blue Eye

Speed meets quality and comfort

Dehler 38 SQ is the newest model from a famous German shipyard Dehler, traditionally known for their quality built yachts. A "true performance cruiser", says the renowned Sail magazine. That means the boat is fast but has everything needed for comfortable cruising. Another review says Dehler did a great job with this model while "keeping the boat as simple to use and fun".

We needed only one short sail with our Blue Eye to confirm that all these reviews were accurate. And we're sure you'll quickly realise why she's a perfect yacht for learning sailing. She has performance Quantum sails and a sleek, sharp, sporty line, so she sails well even on light wind.

Two very responsive carbon wheels enhance the manoeuvrability and provide a good feel of the boat's movement, even more so because they control only one deep rudder. The stern is spacious and broad, so there's enough room for a swimming platform with an integrated ladder.

The cockpit is spacious, with a fixed foldable table that enables the crew to enjoy their meals and drinks on the deck under the shade of a large bimini top. It also provides enough room for active sailing, and three winches on each side - a rarity in the class - prove the yacht is made to perform. Teak wood covers the cockpit deck, and the rest has a non-skid finish.

BLUE EYE is our training yacht registered for the RYA courses, so you can be sure she has everything needed for safe sailing. Also, a radar and an active radar reflector – which makes the yacht more visible to big ships - enhance her safety. She has the latest B&G chart plotter and instruments.

She has 38 feet, around 11,4 meters. The interior has three roomy double cabins, a cosy saloon, a foldable dining table, a chart table, and a fully equipped kitchen with a sink, stove and a large fridge. There's also a bathroom with a toilet and a shower, and all wastewater goes to a holding tank. Large windows in the saloon and cabins allow natural light below the deck. The shipyard used only fine woods - teak, mahogany and oak - for the furniture, which matched perfectly with the bright upholstery.

Additionally, BLUE EYE has a hot air heating system installed to keep the crew comfortably warm after sailing in spring and autumn. She also has substantial autonomy with a freshwater tank of 295 litres, a fuel tank of 160 litres, and service batteries of 160 Ah, so she stays comfortable even on a more extended cruise.

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