RYA Day Skipper (Shorebased Theory)




40 Hours

Assumed Pre-Course Ability

None, beginner

Ability after the course

RYA Day Skipper Theory course gives the candidates the ability to navigate in coastal waters in yachts during the day and night

Exam Type / Duration

3 hours (approx.)

Max. Instructor / Student Ratio


Course Information

The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced or rusty skippers. The RYA Day Skipper theory courses are often taken by yachtsmen and crews working on board yachts and motor cruisers as well as leisure sailors looking to develop their skills for racing or day sailing.

This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day, we also include a basic knowledge of lights to introduce you to night cruising. In conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office we have developed a chart plotter specifically for use on the training course, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of our Day Skipper shore-based course.

RYA Day Skipper Theory courses are taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of evening classes or as an intensive course over 2 ½ weekends. A comprehensive course pack is included, as well as two exercise charts, course handbook and the exercises work-book. We also provide FREE OF CHARGE a full-size course plotter and brass dividers.

Our evening and weekend courses are available to book online, if you are looking for further dates or a group booking, please call us on 0117 929 1153. The RYA Coastal Yachtmaster Theory course is also available as an online interactive course.

Course content:

The basics of seamanship, Essentials of coastal navigation, pilotage, chartwork, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, electronic navigation, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides and tidal streams, collision regulations, lights and shapes, cruising boat construction, parts and equipment, emergency and safety procedures, Life-jackets, harnesses and when to use them

Course Materials Provided: RYA DSAP Student Pack, including:

  • Course Notes
  • Course Exercises
  • Assessment Papers
  • RYA Training Chart 3
  • RYA Training Chart 4
  • Portland plotter & Dividers Kit   
VENUE 1: Bristol Maritime Academy, Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG
VENUE 2: Bristol Maritime Portishead, Portishead, BS20 7DF