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RYA Day Skipper Theory

Classroom Course

Course dates & booking information at bottom of page

The RYA Day Skipper theory course involves 40 hours of tuition. It covers all the basic theory you need to know for a Day Skipper practical course or the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) test.

Bay Sea School spread the course over 6 days during winter. You can do it on 6 consecutive Sundays before Christmas or over 6 Saturdays in the Spring. Classes are held in spacious facilities at a local school. With the new Bay Gateway that's just 10 mins from the M6 motorway, junction 34.

Why choose Bay Sea School?
You'll be taught by the award-winning RYA 'Instructor of the Year'. John's no ordinary theory instructor. He's a Yachtmaster Instructor & Examiner & also inspects other Training Centres on behalf of the RYA. That's top notch in the RYA Instructor world! So if experience, quality instruction and a supportive friendly environment is important to you, don't miss John's next classroom Day Skipper course. Deirdre's also a highly experienced teacher & shore-based instructor. She often assists John with the class too.

Extra Online Facility
When you choose Bay Sea School you'll also have access to John's unique online study feature. It includes explanatory video tutorials and extra practise exercises with the answers to check your own work. Bay Sea School are passionate about giving you the best possible foundation to your boating life. John is available during the week by phone and email if you have any extra questions during your course. Over the years of teaching people to sail, we've collected many useful training aids to help bring your course to life. There's also a selection of recommended books for you to look at. You can buy some of them right now by following the links provided below. 

What do I need?
The RYA course pack is included in the course price. You'll need to provide your own writing equipment, pair of dividers & Portland course plotter.

Optional Extra
It's worth knowing that the RYA give you a set of dividers & Portland plotter for free when you do the 'Essential Navigation & Seamanship' course. It's a short online taster of some of the topics you'll cover in Day Skipper theory. There's no requirement to do Essential Navigation before doing Day Skipper theory. It's just that Day Skipper introduces you to a huge amount of new material and has to move on quickly to cover it all. Many of our clients enjoy getting a head-start at their own pace. They also like the free plotter & dividers!

Day Skipper course topics include:
All the basics of coastal navigation using both traditional and electronic methods, position fixing, estimated position, planning a course to steer, tidal streams & tidal heights, weather forecasting, navigation buoys, collision regulations, emergency & safety equipment, including distress calls, flares, life-jackets, life-rafts and much more!

Can I do the course online?
Yes, Day Skipper theory courses are available online through various different providers. However we strongly recommend the classroom delivery to our clients. We want you to be successful and move forward to the next step with your sailing. Nationally Day Skipper course completion figures are much higher for the classroom version of the course. The interaction with other students makes for a broader learning experience and the structure of regular classes creates a helpful focus to the course. Having a great instructor certainly helps too!

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

Bay Sea School opt to spread out the course dates a little. Feedback from our clients suggests they get more out of their course this way. The intensive options of every day for 6 days or three consecutive weekends doesn't allow much time to assimilate the material and practise the numerous exercises at home between classes, particularly if you've work & family life to juggle as well. We want you to enjoy the journey from beginner to day skipper and get full value from the experience.

Want a day skipper refresher?
There's no reason why you can't do the course again. Everyone gets rusty so if it's several years since your Day Skipper Theory course or if you're struggling with aspects of an online course, why not treat yourself this winter to a Day Skipper classroom course with John? There was a new RYA course pack a few years ago with lots of different exercises. 

Yachtmaster Theory
There's no requirement to complete the Day Skipper practical course before you move on with your theory knowledge. The Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course is the next step straight after Day Skipper theory. You'll just be a more confident Day Skipper when you finally do the practical course.

Special Offer
After you've completed a Day Skipper theory course with Bay Sea School, you're welcome to return for occasional days to sit-in on the day's tuition. Just bring all your charts, almanac and plotting kit. There's no fixed charge. We just ask you to contribute whatever you feel the day's revision was worth to you. Please let us know in advance if you're coming. You'll need the current RYA course pack with the exercises to join in. Let us know if you'd like to buy one.

Email us or call John if you'd like any advice 07721 891 615

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

6-Day Course Dates Start Time Places Left

2018 Sundays: Nov 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, Dec 2nd, & 9th

9.30 am


2019 Saturdays: Feb. 23rd, March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - dates to be confirmed

9.30 am


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