Day Skipper – Theory

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. This 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.


In the Day Skipper theory course students are taught the basics of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage including chartwork, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, a knowledge of tides and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea.  As well as navigation the RYA Day Skipper theory course will give students an understanding of different yacht types and the equipment they carry as well as safety procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and liferafts.

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers.


Course topics include:
  • 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


VENUE – Cooper Rooms Shenstone, Lichfield, WS14 0LZ

DELIVERY – the course will be run over 6 Sundays 3, 10, 17 March & 7 April & 5, 12 May

TIMES – 9:30am to 5pm

COST – £390

This includes:

  • Course material & certification
  • Loan of plotter equipment & almanac for the period of the course
  • Access to Online resource area & video library
  • £50 discount on the Day Skipper Practical Course

This course is being run and organised by our training partner, Splash Adventure. More information , including booking information can be found here

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