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5 - 6 days

Day Skipper (Theory)

The RYA Day Skipper/Watch leader course is a really enjoyable navigation course designed to enable us to complete longer day passages. The course is suitable for both Motor Cruising enthusiasts and sailors alike.

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Topics Covered 

(not exhaustive - click below for more info)

  • Nautical Terms

  • Anchorwork

  • Safety


  • Position, Course and speed

  • Chartwork and navigation

  • Tides and tidal streams

  • Visual aids to navigation

  • Meteorology

  • Passage planning

  • Pilotage

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This course is a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew, excellent in improving abilities to make decisions on board. 

Next Steps


  • Portland course plotter, dividers, parallel rule

  • Modern facilities with hot/cold drinks and refreshments + plenty biscuits :)

  • Enthusiastic, approachable and experienced instructors that specialise in night navigation and use of modern electronic navigation equipment

  • Day Skipper / Watch Leader Certificate upon successful course completion

What To Bring

  • A good attitude to learn!

  • A packed lunch or money to eat out.

And that's it. We will provide you with quality service. Any questions? Check our FAQs.

More Info

5 - 6 day course

(Can be spread over a few weeks)

Student to instructor ratio is 3 : 1

Individual 1:1 available at £750

Minimum age is 16

No previous experience required!


The ability to undertake the Day Skipper practical course. Also with sufficient sea time and miles go for an examination to obtain an MCA commercial license valid for use on many types of passenger carrying and other commercial vessels operating under MCA codes of practise to work in the marine industry mainly during daylight hours. The Day Skipper practical certificate can be converted into and International certificate of Competence (ICC).

Skills Gained

With confidence, you should be able to plan and undertake longer coastal passages during daylight hours, with full understanding of safe passage planning and execution.

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