RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

RYA Day Skipper Theory is 5 Day Course. It is 40 hours of tuition plus exam/assessments and homework.

It is a comprehensive introduction to Navigation for both recreational and commercial mariners. It is one of the first steps towards expert navigation skills.

Course topics include:

  • Basic seamanship
  • Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • Essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chart work / Electronic charts
  • Position fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
  • Weather forecasting and meteorology
  • Tides
  • IRPCS regulations
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls
  • Use of flares
  • Safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts.


Course equipment included in the course fee

RYA Day Skipper Pack includes: 2 Charts, Work Sheets / Questions, Day Skipper Handbook, 2 Assessment papers – all are included in the course fee.

There will be additional equipment such as Portland Plotters and dividers available for your use during the course as well as other advanced publications.

All these are also available for purchase. If you already have your own equipment please feel free to bring it along for use on your course.