RYA Day Skipper Theory Courses

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

This course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers and is an essential preparation for our RYA Day Skipper practical course. We run this course in our classroom from Brighton Marina, with our professional and experienced instructors. The Day Skipper Theory Course is divided into three weekends.

Course Content:

  • Seamanship
  • Chart familiarisation
  • Tidal heights & Tidal streams
  • Secondary ports
  • Position fixing
  • Dead reckoning
  • Estimated position
  • Course to steer
  • Using the GPS
  • Chartwork exam
  • Buoyage & pilotage
  • Safety
  • Meterology
  • Passage planning
  • Collision regulations
  • General exam

Included in the course

RYA Dayskipper Handbook

Recommended supplementary reading:

RYA Navigation Handbook
RYA Weather Handbook
International Rules for Preventing Collisions
Flip Cards

You can purchase the above as Ebooks on the RYA Website

 

Very good balance of experience knowledge and a relaxed delivery. Great instructor. I built up knowledge, technique and underdering through theory and practice. I loved it!

Izzy Marston

Steve was a great skipper in the practical course, he was very enthusiastic but also patient and tolerant when were we berthing the boat! Both Steve and Simon delivered the theory in a clear and concise way. Great course!

Cameron Hatrick

Course objective:

You will be able to navigate around familiar waters during daylight hours

Prerequisite:

RYA Competent Crew practical course or equivalent experience

Duration:

Run over weekends. The weekends do not have to be consecutive

Price:

Course price does NOT include the navigation pack which costs £50.

Where:

Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP or Barcelona

Availability:

Courses are run weekends from Febuary to the end of November. If you cannot find a date please contact us. Private tuition and own boat tuition is also available.

Booking:

Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 1 or email us.

If you cannot find a date please contact us.

Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

Map / Directions
What to Bring
Course Plan
Cancellation Policy

Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina
Pontoon 6
Western Concourse
Brighton Marina
BN2 5UP
UK

We have two centres in Brighton. This activity take place from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina DO NOT go to Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon. If you are taking a taxi please make this clear to the driver.

Finding Lagoon Watersports once you are in Brighton Marina
Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

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To Brighton Marina by car
Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

By Bus
Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.

By Bike
Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to https://www.btnbikeshare.com for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.

On foot
Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.

By train 
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk

By Air
Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.

• 2HB pencils, sturdy rubber & notepad
• Please bring a lunch or money to get sandwiches from local shop
• Plotter and dividers costing £25 are available on site. We will supply practise charts, exercises, course handbook and electronic plotter.  There maybe homework exercises set by your instructor as well as collision regulations, lights and day shapes to learn.  We have a range of flip cards for sale to help with learning and remembering these.

 

The Day Skipper Theory Course Content

The first weekend, part 1 includes:

Day 1

  • Seamanship
  • Chart familiarisation
  • Tidal heights

Day 2

  • Tidal streams
  • Secondary ports
  • Position fixing
  • Dead reckoning
  • Estimated position

The second weekend, part 2 includes:

Day 3

  • Course to steer
  • Using the GPS
  • Chartwork exam

Day 4

  • Buoyage & pilotage
  • Safety
  • Meterology
  • Passage planning
  • Collision regulations

The third weekend, part 3 includes:

Day 5

  • Passage making
  • General exam

Course Objective: You will be able to navigate around familiar waters during daylight hours

Course Assessment: Two exam papers

Prerequisite: Competent crew practical or equivalent experience

Changing Bookings

When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.

If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss.  We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.

We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.

Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.

Course Cancellation Insurance
You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation through CancelSure. Guide cost is £12 for the first £100 of cover and then £6 per additional £100 of cover.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges
You may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :

• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit
• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.

The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:

• More than 4 weeks before course/event  –  90% discount on full brochure rates
• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates
• 13 days  – 72 hours before course/event –  50% discount on full brochure rates
• 72 hours or less  –  25% discount on full brochure rates

For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:

4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £20
2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50
3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100
24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather
On some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.

On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.
If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.

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