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RYA Day Skipper Theory

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.


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

We are continually updating our courses to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats.

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Course topics include:

  • 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
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

Students receive an RYA Day Skipper Navigation certificate and a 10% discount voucher off of future navigation courses. The Day Skipper certificate is an ideal course to go along with the RYA Intermediate Powerboat course and also enable you to gain the knowledge required for the Day Skipper practical courses.

5 DAYS - 09:00 to 18:00



  • Use of Portland Plotter & dividers worth £25
  • Extensive hand outs
  • Refreshments including sweets and biscuits
  • Practice charts for navigation exercises
  • Both exam papers
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased book worth £12.49


Poole, Dorset