RYA Courses


Day Skipper Theory Course

A comprehensive introduction to chartwork navigation meteorology and  the basics of seamanship. Invaluable for learning how to start making decisions on board and if you are considering taking the Day Skipper practical course.

Suggested minimum pre course experience: Some practical experience desirable
Minimum duration: 40 hours and 2 assessment papers

Subjects Covered
  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic Charts
  • Position fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
  • Weather forecasting and meteorology
  • Tides
  • Collision regulations
  • construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat

Ability after course: The syllabus arms would-be skippers with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights, weather and IRPCS is also included.