RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

Minimum duration: 

40 hours (plus exam time)
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Why do the course

Some people find the Dayskipper course the most enjoyable of the RYA shore-based courses because no prior knowledge is required. 

The subjects covered are, for many people, new and exciting, and the leap forward in understanding greatly increases their enjoyment of sailing. 

It can also be the place where new friendships are formed: two of our members got married after meeting on such a course. 

It is the ideal preparation for a Dayskipper practical course on the water, which leads directly to the RYA’s Dayskipper Certificate and the International Certificate of Competence. It is also the starting point which leads to more advanced qualifications such as Yachtmaster. 


The course gives a solid grounding in chart work and navigation, together with a variety of seamanship topics which enable the novice skipper how to make coastal passages safely. 

Navigational subjects include the use of charts and chart symbols, use of traditional navigational instruments, fixing and estimating one’s position at sea, plotting a course to reach a destination safely and the calculation of tidal heights for navigating shallow waters. 

There is also an introduction to modern electronic navigational aids such as chart plotters and satellite position fixing. No mathematical knowledge, other than simple arithmetic, is expected.

Seamanship subjects include an introduction to nautical terms, VHF radio, safety and safety equipment, the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and steering rules, buoyage, pilotage and passage planning, basic weather theory and forecasting and emergency procedures.

Included in the price is the RYA’s student pack; a set of navigational instruments is available at a discounted price.


The Club runs two versions of the course:

The long version (Dayskipper A) runs for about 22 weeks, from late September/early October to April, giving a nominal 44 hours of tuition on Monday evenings from 1900-2100. A pre-course supper can be obtained in the Club's restaurant. The next Dayskipper A course 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 £195.00 for Club members, and £350.00 for non-members (includes club membership for the duration of the course).

The short version (Dayskipper B) gives the same amount of tuition and covers the same syllabus but runs from February to April and consists of 10 Wednesdays from 1900-2100 and five Saturday classes from 0930-1630 spaced at fortnightly intervals. A pre-course supper is available on Wednesdays and lunch is provided on Saturdays. The next Dayskipper B course starts on the 7th February 2018 and consists of 10 Wednesday evenings (1900-2100) and 5 full day Saturdays (0930-1630) finishing on 11th April 2018.  

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)

The Club’s special Basic Rope Work course is very popular with sailors of all types and levels of ability, and was originally developed to provide an easy “bridge” between the Dayskipper shore-based course and the Dayskipper on-the-water course. It can be taken either before or after the Dayskipper 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