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RYA Day Skipper Theory - Shorebased Course

The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is an introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and seamanship. You will learn how to figure out tidal heights and streams and how they affect your course.


You will also learn about how to identify the ‘give way vessel’ when there is a risk of collision, ‘dead reckoning’ and ‘estimated positions’ as well as buoyage, safety equipment, passage planning and much more.


The first time you successfully navigate to a destination will give you a fantastic sense of achievement.


Before attending the RYA Day Skipper Theory course It is essential that you have had some previous sailing or motor cruising experience.


Once you have completed the Theory course you will want to put in to practice the skills you have learned in the classroom out on the water. You can do this either by joining one of our RYA Day Skipper Practical Courses.


As a budding skipper it is also highly recommended that you have your VHF/SRC Radio License.



40 hrs tuition over 5 days, 2.5 Weekends, or

Evening classes or as part of the 9-Day Combined Day Skipper Course

No. Students to Instructor: 12:1
Previous Experience:

None, but some practical boating experience is preferable

Minimum Age: 16


Dates: This course is run all year round.


Course Dates and Prices


Please see the list of available courses below. To enquire about courses at your own venue, please call us on the number at the top of the page or use the enquiry form below.


RYA Day Skipper Theory over 5 Days



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