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RYA Day Skipper / Yachtmaster Shorebased Courses

Day Skipper Theory

No previous experience is required.

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.
The course may be taught over 5 days, spread over a series of weeks, or a number of evening sessions over a longer period.

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.

Booking Information

For dates and bookings for the Day Skipper Theory course please use this link:

Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster Theory

No previous experience is essential but it would be an advantage to have completed the Day Skipper Theory.

This is the theory course required for both RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster qualifications.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA's specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

Course topics include:

~ Position fixing
~ Course shaping and plotting
~ Tidal knowledge
~ Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
~ Electronic position finding equipment
~ Taking and interpreting forecasts
~ Plotting weather systems
~ Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
~ Collision regulations
~ Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

Booking Information

There are currently no Yachtmaster courses scheduled. Please contact the office to register your interest.


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