Day Skipper

RYA Theory Course

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The Day Skipper theory course is a comprehensive introduction to navigation, suitable for anyone thinking of doing the Day Skipper practical course. It's available to beginners, though some prior boating experience is helpful.

Dates for next course - Saturdays: Nov 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & Dec 7th 2024.

Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm.

North West Venue: Morecambe, Lancashire. See joining instructions for address

Provisional course fee: £375

The course involves 40 hours of tuition with two assessments: Chartwork and a General paper. You will be awarded a certificate on successful completion of the course.

Course topics include:

  • Combining traditional & electronic navigation
  • Knowing where you are
  • Planning your journey
  • The weather forecast - sources & understanding
  • How the tides help or hinder
  • Calculating depth of water between high & low tide 
  • What the navigation buoys tell you
  • Rules of the road for all boaters
  • Safety equipment, VHF radio distress call, flares, life-jackets, life-rafts and much more!

"Thank you for the support and guidance that you and Deirdre provided during the Day Skipper course, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a great deal." Keith

"What an amazing course and instructor... John Parlane, thank you for sharing your expertise and for your patience." Justine

  • Taught by John Parlane, award-winning Instructor, Examiner & Yachtmaster Ocean
  • Access John's unique online study aids
  • Phone & email support during your course
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The course pack contains:

  • RYA Training Charts 3 & 4
  • RYA Training Almanac
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes textbook
  • Course exercise book

You will need:

A plotter and dividers for measuring bearings and distances. Scroll down for more information.

But, you get a free plotter & dividers with a short online taster course. Here's a short video snippet of it: Essential Navigation & Seamanship

Extra information:

Beginner to Day Skipper - pathway through RYA courses 
VHF Radio course- suitable for all boaters

Feeling a bit rusty? Book John's Day Skipper theory course now and enjoy refreshing your skills with a patient & friendly instructor.

Private Day Skipper theory courses can be arranged, though the fee will obviously be higher. Please get in touch to discuss your needs.

Date Time Places Left
Saturdays: Nov 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & Dec 7th 2024 9.30 am 12

Course joining instructions


NP5011 Symbols and Abbreviations used on Admiralty Charts

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Rules of the Road

RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

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Plotter & Dividers

Plotter and dividers

A plotter & dividers are essential.

6 Day Courses

Location: Morecambe.

Included in the course fee: Course pack, course completion certificate, refreshments.

Duration: 40 hours plus homework and assessments.

Student to instructor ratio 12:1