Day Skipper Theory (5 days)


The Day skipper theory course is a 5 day shorebased course teaching navigation and the theory of seamanship for inexperienced skippers.

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RYA Day Skipper shorebased theory in Scotland at Largs

A comprehensive theory course covering an introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers aiming towards their Day Skipper certificate.

This shorebased 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. This is the theory required for the RYA Day skipper practical course.

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It will include an amount of evening work and homework.

Pre-course experience: Some experience afloat is relevant but not necessary.

Minimum age: 16

Course content:

  • 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