RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course


A comprehensive introduction to cruising for new and less experienced sailors.  The course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate in 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
  • chart work
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting and meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations
  • construction, parts & equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and life rafts.

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


The Club runs two versions of the course.

Option 1 - Our traditional evening long course for Day Skipper will be presented this autumn using an online platform starting on November 2nd, and continuing for about 22 weeks at convenient times to suit participants. You will see and hear your Instructor, and he will see and hear you and be able to interact with you individually. The Instructor will be able to assist you with your chartwork, he will be able to see the work you are doing, and provide the same assistance as in a real physical seminar.

As the course progresses it may be possible for some classes to be held at the clubhouse.

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The price of the Day Skipper Shorebased Option 1 - Long course is:

Club members £285.00
Non-members £395.00

Option 2 - Accelerated Course 2021 - about 10 weeks - from 5th May 2021 until 3rd July 2021, giving a nominal 44 hours tuition on 10 Wednesdays from 1900-2100 and five Saturday classes from 0930-1630 spaced at fortnightly intervals.

The Saturday classes will take place on 8th and 22nd May, 5th and 19th June and 3rd July.

The price for the Day Skipper Shorebased Option 2 - accelerated course is:

Club Members £285.00
Non-members £395.00


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 Day Skipper shore-based course and the Day Skipper on-the-water course. It can be taken either before or after the Day Skipper course.