Course Information

Day Skipper Theory course

How long is it and who is it aimed at?

A brilliant 5 day course for motor/sail/power boaters with limited or no boating experience as well as novice skippers looking to improve their navigation and shore based knowledge. If you are looking to progress through the RYA practical course levels it is highly recommended that you attend this course before you attend an RYA Day Skipper practical (Power or Sail) or the RYA Intermediate Day Cruising Course (Powerboats)

When/How does the course run?

Our courses run over 2 weekends (usually consecutive) ensuring that students have some consolidation time to practice their new skills.

How do we teach?

We know that 5 days in a classroom is a tough ask to keep students motivated and engaged so we use a wide range of learning methods and techniques to make your course as fun & engaging as possible to ensure that your learning sticks!

From a range of different charts, plastic boats to learn your rules of the road, 3D printed buoys for you to act as the harbour master and buoy your own shipping channel to a huge range of training safety equipment including life jackets, life rafts, PLBs, EPIRBs we make your learning as hand-on as we possibly can!

What will I learn?

This course equips you with knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Courses take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats. 

The Day Skipper theory course students are taught the basics of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage including chartwork, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, a knowledge of tides and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea. The first time you safely navigate to a new destination will give you an immense feeling of satisfaction. As well as navigation the RYA Day Skipper theory course will give you an understanding of different yacht types and the equipment they carry as well as safety procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and liferafts.

The syllabus covers:

  • Nautical terms
  • Ropework
  • Anchorwork
  • Safety
  • Collision Regulations
  • Definition of position, course and speed
  • Navigational charts and publications
  • Navigational drawing instruments
  • Compass
  • Chartwork
  • Tides and tidal streams
  • Visual aids to navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Passage planning
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Marine environment

How will I be assessed?

On the final weekend of the course you will sit two papers – one focuses on the collision regulations and the other on the navigation aspects of the course. 

The course thoroughly addresses everything that comes up in the papers so you can be assured that you will find them pretty straightforward as they are simply a way to sum up all you have learnt at the conclusion of the course.

How do I find out more / When do course run?

We run several Day Skipper theory courses throughout the year – usually Feb, April, June, Sept & Nov but you can find out more about the course and see our dates, prices and special offers using the button below.