RYA Day Skipper shorebased 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 with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of 3 weekend sessions, or as an intensive 5 days course.


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 supporting courses RYA Diesel Engine and RYA Radar and Practical C-MASTERS courses, in particular Passage Planning.


Supporting books

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




Details of this course

Duration:  5 days or 3 weekends


Previous experience: some practical experience is desirable


Assumed knowledge: basic understanding of navigation


Number of students : 3


Minimum age: 18 years


Cost: 454 Euro


Course dates:

  • Two weekends : 10+11+12 January and 15+16 February
  • Five day course from 16 to 20 March
  • Please enquire for alternative availability dates.






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