RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course
July 17, 2016
RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory
July 17, 2016

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

Course Phone: 0117 929 1153

Details Price Qty
RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Intensive 9th - 14th Marchshow details + £300.00 (GBP)  
RYA Day Skipper Theory Course (Over 3 Weekends April/May)show details + £300.00 (GBP)  

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Intensive- September
    September 7, 2019 - September 15, 2020
    9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory Course (Night School)
    October 15, 2019 - March 10, 2020
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Intensive 9th - 14th March
    March 9, 2020 - March 14, 2020
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory Course
    April 18, 2020 - May 3, 2020
    9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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, brass dividers and the RYA Training Almanac, saving you £25.

Our evening courses are available to book online, if you wish to book an intensive course, please call us on 0117 929 1153.

The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is also available as an online interactive course; click HERE for more information.

Assumed Knowledge:

None, Beginner

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

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

Course Duration:

40 Hours

Exam Duration:

3 Hours (Approx.)

Max. Instructor / Student Ratio:


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                                    


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