RYA Day Skipper shorebased theory course 


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






Course content

  • the basics of seamanship
  • the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • chart work
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting and meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations
  • construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and life rafts

The course is taught over 40 hours and an exam. It can be covered as a series of long weekend sessions, or as an intensive 6 days course and an exam.


Ability after the course

This course will give you all of the navigation and theoretical knowledge required to move on towards the Day Skipper practical course and RYA Day Skipper certificate.


What's included

  • All course materials including RYA Day Skipper theory course notes.
  • Sandwich lunch and coffee/tea.
  • Free parking at our premises.
  • Certificate when successfully passing the exam.


Supporting courses

We recommend as complementary courses the RYA Diesel Engine course, the RYA Short Range Certificate course/exam, and our Passage Planning masterclass.


Supporting books

We recommend the RYA Weather book, RYA Navigation handbook, RYA Sea Survival book for further studying.




Details of this course

Duration:  6 consecutive days and exam, or divided over long weekends



  • Kortgene, the Netherlands
  • Brussels area, Belgium


Previous experience: some practical experience is desirable


Assumed knowledge: basic understanding of navigation


Number of students : 6


Minimum age: 18 years


Cost: 730 Euro







Register for joining this course


 Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:

  • new dates will be announced soon


Course dates at our training centre in the Brussels area:

  • new dates will be announced soon




Thank you so much for the amazing 5 days of learning

I am truly appreciative of the time and passion you have shared with me.

The courses you are delivering are at the highest quality that one could hope for. They exceeded my expectation in every single way.


-- Patrick --



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