Day Skipper Theory Course

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Courses

This course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers and is an essential preparation for our RYA Day Skipper Practical course.

Book Theory & Practical course

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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

Where can I find dates for the second and third weekend? Click the tabs below or Book Now button next to any course dates below and you will be presented with date options for the other sessions.

We also run this course from our classroom in central Barcelona.


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

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Fantastic instructor on the boat and great person off the boat. Karl made the Day skipper course pleasurable to do.


Jason was an excellent teacher who we requested for the Part 2 of our Competent Crew. We had the most enjoyable weekend and both feel we have leant a lot!

Lucy Grey

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