RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

Minimum duration: 

40 hours (plus exam time)
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Course content:

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. Course topics include:

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

Equipment required

Students will require a course plotter and nautical dividers kit available as an exclusive Little Ship Club package for only £20. Some 2B pencils, an eraser and pencil sharpener are also essential items. The course leader may suggest additional reading material.

Course outcome

  • RYA Dayskipper qualification and certificate
  • Training dinner with course participants
  • Networking opportunities for practical experience


Next steps

  • Enough knowledge to take practical Dayskipper course
  • Enough knowledge to be useful First mate for experienced Club skipper


A long course (Dayskipper A) which starts on the 2nd October 2017 and is every Monday evening until the 23rd April 2018 with a break after the 4th December until the 8th January for Christmas and a break on Easter Monday.

The price of this course is:

Club members £195.00
Non-members £350.00 (includes club membership for the duration of the course).


An accelerated course (Dayskipper B). This starts on the 7th February 2017 and consists of 10 Wednesday evenings (1900-2100) and 5 full day Saturdays (0930-1630) finishing on 11th April 2017

The price for the Accelerated course is:

Club members £225 (includes lunch on Saturdays)
Non-members £300 (includes club membership for the duration of the course and lunch on Saturdays)

Experience required:

No previous knowledge required although some practical sailing experience is helpful.

Use the links below to pick your preferred course.


Knowledge assumed: 

None but some practical experience desirable

Experience required: 

Some practical experience desirable.

Ability after the course: 

Knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day


Training categories: 

Upcoming courses

2 October 2017


Monday evenings - 2nd October 2017 through to 23rd April 2018 with breaks for Christmas and Easter

6pm to 9pm

7 February 2018


Wednesday evenings - 7th February through to 11th April 2018 - 6pm to 9pm

Saturdays - 10th & 24th February, 10th & 24th March & 7th April 2018 - 9am to 5pm