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RYA Day Skipper Theory

Weekend Classroom Course

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The RYA Day Skipper theory course covers all the essential things you need to know to start navigating a boat safely at sea. After completing this course you'll have the required theory knowledge for a Day Skipper practical course or an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) test. Bay Sea School in the North West teach the course over 6 days during winter weekends. 

What's special about Bay Sea School?
You'll be taught by the award-winning RYA 'Instructor of the Year'. John's no ordinary shore-based instructor. He's a RYA Yachtmaster Examiner & Training Centre Inspector too. That's top notch in the RYA Instructor world! So if expertise, quality instruction and a supportive friendly environment is important to you, don't miss John's next day skipper course. Deirdre's also a highly experienced teacher & RYA shore-based instructor. She often assists John with the class when required. Keep reading to find out what others have to say about doing day skipper with Bay Sea School.

Extra Support
When you choose Bay Sea School you'll also have access to John's unique online study feature as an added bonus in-between classes. He's passionate about giving you the best possible foundation to your boating life and is available during the week by phone and email to quickly resolve any queries. Over the years of teaching people to sail and navigate Bay Sea School have 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 on your course. You can buy some of them right now following the links provided below. 

What do I need?
The RYA course pack is included in the course price. Apart from writing equipment, all you'll need to provide is your own pair of dividers and a Portland course plotter. But you may like to know that you'll get them for free if you do a short introductory online course called Essential Navigation & Seamanship! 

Day Skipper course topics include:
All the essentials 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, lifejackets, liferafts and much more!

Can I do the course online?
This course is available online but we strongly recommend the classroom course to our clients. This is because nationally it has a much higher completion rate than the online option. The interaction with other students and the structure created by attending regular classes makes for a broader and more successful learning experience. Having such a highly qualified instructor to guide you certainly helps too!

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


Short introductory online course
The 'Essential Navigation & Seamanship'  is a really good introductory course to navigation which does work well online.  It's a relaxed & enjoyable way to ease yourself into the more detailed winter classroom Day Skipper theory course. And, this RYA course pack comes with a free set of dividers & a plotter. You'll need to buy these for your day skipper theory course, so why not get them for free and a great headstart on your winter day skipper course too!

Want a day skipper refresher?
Navigation techniques have developed with the increased use of electronic aids. 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 to a new Day Skipper course with John? There was a new RYA course pack a few years ago and it comes with lots of new exercises to practise.

Use it or lose it!
After you've completed a Day Skipper theory course with Bay Sea School, you're welcome to return for occasional days on any of the Day Skipper theory courses. Just bring all your charts, almanac and kit. You can join in with whatever topics are covered that day. 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.

Email us or call John if you'd like some advice on which course to do 07721 891 615

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

Buy now at the RYA shop

Buy Symbols and Abbreviations

Buy RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea Buy RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (eBook) Buy Portland course plotter and dividers kit
Symbols and Abbreviations
International Regs for Preventing Collisions at Sea International Regs for Preventing Collisions at Sea (eBook) Portland course plotter and dividers


6-Day Course Dates Start Time Places

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

9.30 am


2019 Saturdays: Jan 5th, 19th, Feb 2nd, 16th, March 2nd & 16th - dates to be confirmed

9.30 am