Day Skipper Theory

'Live' Instruction via Zoom

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Cost £355 includes RYA course pack

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This course covers the background theory knowledge required before doing a day skipper practical course.  It's aimed at beginners but some prior boating experience is helpful. Join John 'live' on zoom to get that important face to face tuition while staying Covid-safe.  

  • Study in your own home with RYA 'Instructor of the Year'
  • One day a week to stay motivated but allowing time to absorb it all at your own pace
  • Work together in small groups, just like a classroom course

The course ends with two assessment papers which draw together everything you've learnt during the course. You'll be amazed how much that is! We recommend some private study time between the weekly tuition days to help you get the most value from your course.

Please get in touch if you're interested but want more information. 2022 Autumn dates are listed below. 

Useful Tip: If you do the short RYA online Essential Navigation & Seamanship introductory course first, you get a free plotter and dividers with the RYA course pack.  The RYA day skipper course pack doesn't include these tools so you have to buy them yourself separately. You don't have to do Essential Navigation & Seamanship before Day Skipper, it's just a useful option. Many people find it helpful to get to grips with some of the basics right now.

"What an amazing course and instructor...
John Parlane thank you for sharing your expertise and for your patience." Justine 

What Do I Need?
You'll need to provide your own writing equipment, notebook, pair of dividers & Portland course plotter. Scroll to the bottom of this page for links to buy the plotter and divider kit. Once payment is confirmed we'll post the RYA course pack to you.

How Does Zoom Work?
We'll provide full joining instructions with information about how to access the sessions and navigate around John's extra course exercises, notes and helpful videos.  If you're unsure about the technology part you can connect with us by zoom before committing to the course. We'll send you a link by email which you simply click to 'join the meeting' at the agreed time. We can then talk you through how video-conferencing works. By continuing with zoom we hope the reduce the chance of your course being disrupted by Covid.  

Short Introduction
In the meantime we recommend you take advantage of an excellent short course called Essential Navigation and Seamanship.  The RYA themselves created this excellent self-study online course.  It's a great way to prepare for your day skipper theory course.  And, you get a free set of dividers and plotter with this course pack!  The first few zoom sessions of the Day Skipper course cover similar material but in more detail.  It's entirely up to you whether you take advantage of this excellent head-start or not.  Take a look at a short video snippet from the Essential Navigation & Seamanship course.


More About The Course 
Day Skipper theory course involves 40 hours of tuition. It covers the basic theory you need to know to navigate safely on short tidal passages by day. It's the required level of theory knowledge to undertake the 5-day, Day Skipper practical course.

What's Special About Bay Sea School?
The course is delivered by John Parlane, RYA 'Instructor of the Year.' He's no ordinary theory instructor but a Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner. So if experience, quality instruction and depth of knowledge are important to you, don't miss John's next Day Skipper theory course. 

Freebies 
When you choose Bay Sea School you'll have access to John's unique online study features. There are explanatory videos and slide shows to remind you of what you've learnt each week and you'll have access to extra exercises for more practice if you want.  John's also available during the week by phone and email to answer any questions during your course. 

Day Skipper course pack

Day Skipper course topics include:
Use of both traditional and electronic navigation, position fixing, estimated position, planning a course to steer, tidal streams & tidal heights, weather, navigation buoys, collision regulations, emergency & safety equipment, making a VHF distress call on real radios, flares, life-jackets, life-rafts and much more!

Want a Day Skipper refresher?
"Use it or lose it!" Most people benefit from a refresher, particularly right now after such long gaps from sailing.  Why not do the course again?  

Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory
This is the next step after Day Skipper Theory. You don't have to do a Day Skipper practical course before moving on with your theory knowledge. 

Day Skipper theory is a beginner level course covering the basics. Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore theory completes your essential knowledge for tidal cruising. If you're sailing in UK waters, you'll definitely need this level of knowledge to stay safe! 

Tidal calculations are simplified at Day Skipper level. So our Day Skippers sometimes ask questions about how to plan longer passages and tides that fall between the averages. These are some of the gaps in knowledge that the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore theory course covers.

Private Day Skipper courses & coaching
These can be arranged though are a much more costly option than the class. Please get in touch for more details.  

Day Skipper Theory Course Dates 2022 Start Time Places Left
Every Saturday from 5th November to 10th December 9am - 5pm 12
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