The Royal Yachting Association Day Skipper theory course provides 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 conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office, the RYA has developed a chart plotter specifically for use on training courses, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of our Day Skipper shorebased course.
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 and emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts.
The course will be taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It will on Monday evenings from 1830 to 2145 starting on September 24th and last for 12 weeks finishing on December 10th . The cost will be £340, which includes all the materials required from the RYA (excluding pencils, chart plotter and dividers).