Yachtmaster Theory Course

För er som vill segla lite längre - fördjupa er i navigation - gå en inspirerande och rolig kurs för en mycket rutinerad lärare - lära om tidvatten och globalt väder -
Välkomna på RYA - Royal Yachting Association/MCA Coastal/Offshore Theory Course med David Libby! Kursen hålls på engelska med start i december 2023 till januari 2024.

Kurstider läggs i samråd med deltagarna efter anmälan. Frågor och anmälan: Carina Libby 0722108880, David Libby:


This course is designed for students who have already completed a basic navigation course and now wishes to complete a more advanced course.

No previous knowledge of tidal navigation is required.

This course is ideal for students who wish to understand how to predict tidal problems and advanced passage planning using detailed weather prediction.

Position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer.

The course includes the use of interactive online learning tools and traditional classroom-based teaching.

Dedicated RYA training course workbooks, paper and electronic charts - with almanacs.


Minimum duration

40 hours plus exam time

The time structure of the course will be determined by the students.
The course will run during the period of December 2023 and January 2024

The Course will be held at HAMNKONTORET, Lundåkra Småbåtshamn, Landskrona

Price.6000 Skr including exam. Cost for course material in addition.

David Libby RYA YACHTMASTER Offshore Instructor/Examinator

Contact: David Libby

NAUTICAL TRAINING SOLUTIONS is aregistered RYA Training Centre.


Mobile: Sign up via Carina Libby 0722108880. Frågor och anmälan per telefon.
- RYA - Royal Yachting Association -

Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster Theory Course Syllabus

1) Position

a) Dead reckoning and estimated position

b) Satellite-derived position

c) Use of waypoints to fix position

d) Radar fixes

e) Techniques of visual fixing

f) Fixes using a mixture of position lines

g) Relative accuracy of different methods of position fixing

h) Area of uncertainty

2) The magnetic compass a) Allowance for variation b) Change of variation with time and position c) Causes of deviation d) Swing for deviation (but not correction)
e) Allowance for deviation f) Different types of compasses

3) Tides

a) Causes of tide – Springs and Neaps

b) Tide tables – sources

c) Tidal levels and datum

d) Standard and secondary ports

e) Tide anomalies (Solent, etc.)

4) Tidal Streams

a) Sources of tidal information

b) Tidal stream information in sailing directions and Yachtsmen’s Almanacs

c) Allowance for tidal streams in computing a course to steer

d) Tide rips, overfalls and races

e) Tidal observation buoys, beacons etc.

5) Buoyage

a) IALA system buoyage in Region A

b) Limitations of buoys as navigational aids

6) Lights

a) Characteristics

b) Ranges – visual, luminous and nominal

c) Rising and dipping distances

d) Light lists

7) Pilotage

a) Harbour regulations and control signals

b) Methods of pre-planning

c) Clearing lines

d) Use of soundings

e) Transits and leading lines

8) GPS and chart plotters a) Principles of operation and limitations of use b) Raster and vector charts c) Datum d) Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source and keeping a separate record of position e) Importance of paper charts

9) Echo sounders a) Principles of operation and limitations of use

10)Logs (speed and distance measuring)

a) Principles of operation limitations of use

11)Deck log

a) Importance of log as yacht’s official document

b) Layout of log, hourly and occasional entries


a) Basic terms, the Beaufort scale

b) Air masses

c) Cloud types

d) Weather patterns associated with pressure and frontal systems

e) Sources of weather forecasts

f) Ability to interpret a shipping forecast, weather fax and weather satellite information

g) Land and sea breezes h) Sea fog i) Use of barometer as a forecasting aid

13)Rules of the Road

a) A sound knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, except Annexes 1 and 3

14)Safety at Sea

a) Personal safety, use of lifejackets, safety harnesses and lifelines

b) Fire prevention and fire fighting

c) Distress signals

d) Coastguard and Boat Safety Scheme

e) Preparation for heavy weather

f) Liferafts and helicopter rescue

g) Understanding of capabilities of vessel and basic knowledge of stability

15)Navigation in restricted visibility

a) Precautions to be taken in fog

b) Limitations to safe navigation imposed by fog

c) Navigation in poor visibility

16)Passage planning

a) Preparation of charts and notebook for route planning and making, and use at sea

b) Customs regulations as they apply to yachts

c) Routine for navigating in coastal waters

d) Strategy for course laying

e) Use of waypoints and routes

f) Use of weather forecast information for passage planning strategy

g) Sources of local and national regulations