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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

6-Day Course

RYA Day Skipper theory is taught on weekend days over the winter. It covers all the essential things you need to know to start navigating a boat safely at sea. It's also what you're expected to know for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) test.

Topics Include:

  • reading a marine chart
  • how to use a plotter
  • working out your estimated position
  • planning a course to steer
  • navigation buoys
  • weather
  • tidal heights
  • use a GPS at sea
  • tidal streams
  • safety on-board

Can I do the course online?
Yes but we recommend this course in the classroom format. Nationally the classroom Day Skipper course has a much higher completion rate than the online option. This is because the interaction with other students and the structure created by attending classes makes for a better and broader learning experience. And of course this is not to mention the expertise of Bay Sea School's highly qualified Yachtmaster Instructor! He'll make sure you have fun learning how to navigate too.

"What an amazing course and instructor...John Parlane thank you for sharing your expertise and for your patience." Justine 2017

Scroll down to bottom of page for a list of useful books for your course.

 

Start Learning Navigation Right Now
There is a really good introductory course which does work well online. It's called 'Essential Navigation & Seamanship'. It provides an enjoyable and relaxed way to ease yourself into the more detailed winter Day Skipper theory course. It's worth knowing that you get a free set of dividers & a plotter with the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course pack. You'll need those tools for your Day Skipper theory course. And the RYA only include them for free with the Essential Navigation & Seamanship course pack!

Refresher
There have been many changes in navigation with the introduction of electronic aids. If it's been a while since you did Day Skipper Theory why not brush up your skills and do the course again? 

If you've already done the Day Skipper theory course with us, you'd be welcome to join in any of the days for extra practice. Just let us know when you're coming. There's no fixed charge. We just ask that you contribute whatever you feel the day's participation was worth to you!

Call John if you'd like some advice on which course to do 07721 891 615

Special Private Day Skipper courses & coaching
These can be arranged throughout the year. John has more availability in the winter months outside of the sailing season though. Please get in touch for more details.

Useful books

Buy Symbols and Abbreviations at the RYA Shop

Buy Symbols and Abbreviations at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea at the RYA Shop
Buy RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (eBook) at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (eBook) at the RYA Shop
Buy Portland course plotter and dividers kit at the RYA Shop

Buy Portland course plotter and dividers kit at the RYA Shop
Start Finish Places
Sunday 05/11/2017 for 6 consecutive Sundays Sunday 10/12/2017 12

New year 2018 - All Saturdays: Dates TBC. January 6, 13. February 24, March 3, 10, 17