RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

Day skipper chart work

This course covers all essentials of near-shore navigation, collision regulations, meteorology, tidal calculations, safety and much more. It is essential preparation for the Day Skipper Practical course. Aproximately 40hrs of tuition and study, supported by a comprehensive set of materials supplied with course, and tutors who are always happy to be contacted should you have a problem. You will take the assessments at your convenience on one or more of our exam evenings or exam weekends.

Free Re-Sit Guarantee*

Our guarantee is that we won't give up on you: in the unlikely event that you fail or can't complete one of our RYA courses, you can resit or rejoin another at NO EXTRA COST. *See T&C's

What will I gain from the Course?

We include everything you will need with your course fee :

  • RYA Training Charts 3 and 4
  • RYA Training Almanac
  • RYA Day Skipper Course Notes
  • RYA Chart Simulator Software
  • RYA Exercise Book
  • Nomad Sailing Course Notes and exercise answers
  • Access to on-line training aids, downloads and mock exams
  • Cordage for practicing your the knots
  • USB Drive with presentations and videos
  • Plotter and Divider set if required - Discounted to £15
  • Free access to envigilated exam sessions (evenings or weekends)

Topics for this course include review the full syllabus

  • 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 incl. distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

We run our theory courses at the following locations


How do I book?

Check out the available course dates and then contact us or book online. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Lou or Jim for more information. Don't forget to ask about our  'Bundles' - booking your theory and pracitcal together could save you ££s

Course Name Dates Cost
Day Skipper Theory
WATERLOO Weds Evenings : 1830-2130 Weekend : 0930-1800
Nov 15,22,29. Dec 6,13. Jan 10,17,24. Weekend: Jan 27,28 £375
Day Skipper Theory
WATERLOO Tues Evenings : 1830-2130 Weekend : 0930-1800
Jan 9,16,23,30. Feb 6,13,20,27. Weekend: Mar 3,4. £375


India Fisher, RYA Day Skipper Theory

Very friendly, small classes, felt could go at our own pace and pick up anything we didn't feel confident on. London based was a major plus for me. Good length time and evenings etc.

Rating 4 Top
Steve Hayes, RYA Day Skipper Theory

Very well taught and friendly. Instructors very conscientious. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to next week. It's so different to anything else I have done, I found it very absorbing.

Rating 5 Top
Emma Burrows, RYA Day Skipper Theory

Very Interesting. Jim kept us engaged. Great to meet new people and get my brain working again.

Rating 4 Top
Steve Wolley, RYA Day Skipper Theory

Personable instructor who gives confidence. Small group size an advantage. Pleasure to be involved!

Rating 4.5 Top
Matthew Giles, RYA Day Skipper Theory

Very well taught, lots of patience, very good!

Rating 4.5 Top
Deborah McDowell, RYA Day Skipper Theory

Flexible - I missed the first session and was arranged 1:1 with tutor

Rating 4.5 Top