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 - Long Course 2019/20 - about 22 weeks - from 30 September 2019 until 13 April 2020, giving a nominal 44 hours of tuition on Monday evenings from 1900-2100.  There will be a break from classes after the 2 December 2019 until 6 January 2020.  A pre-course supper is available on Monday and needs to be pre-booked at the Club's restaurant.

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

Club members £260.00
Non-members £385.00

Option 2 - Accelerated Course 2020 - about 10 weeks - from 5th February 2020 until 8th April 2020, giving a nominal 44 hours tuition on 10 Wednesdays from 1900-2100 and five Saturday classes from 0930-1630 spaced at fortnightly intervals.  A pre-course supper is available on Wednesdays (needs to be pre-booked at the Club's restaurant) and lunch is provided on Saturdays.

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

Club Members £285.00
Non-members £385.00


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.