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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course


Shorebased course included:

  • 40 hours course
  • Theory Pack (RYA books, charts, plotter and divider)
  • Written exam
  • Theory course certificate


A complete introduction to the theory of sailing. This RYA Day Skipper Theory Course equips you with enough knowledge to sail familiar waters during the day. It includes a basic knowledge of lights to introduce you to night sailing.

Duration: The course is delivered over 40 hours with two exams over 5 intensive days.


Type Start date Finish date Schedule Exam
SHOREBASED 10/06/2024 14/06/2024 9:30 - 18:30 14/06/2024
SHOREBASED 16/09/2024 20/09/2024 9:30 - 18:30 20/09/2024
SHOREBASED 11/11/2024 15/11/2024 9:30 - 18:30 15/11/2024

Conditions and requirements

Language of instruction: English

Minimum age: 16


Course topics include:
-Seamanship basics.
-Coastal navigation and pilotage essentials.
-Electronic charts.
-Plotting a course to steer.
-Weather forecasting and meteorology.
-Tides and tidal streams.
-Collision regulations.
-Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat.
-Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, etc.
-Safety harnesses, lifejackets and life-rafts.


At the end of this course, if you pass the written exam, you will obtain a Day Skipper Theory Certificate.

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