Day Skipper

RYA Theory Course

Photo of Day Skipper student doing chartwork

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.

Next Course - Saturdays: 21st & 28th October, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th November 2023.

Time: 9am - 5pm.

North West Venue: The Consult Centre, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4BQ

Course fee: £375

The course involves 40 hours of tuition with two assessment papers.

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!

"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.

Click here for course joining instructions

Plotter & Dividers

A plotter & dividers is essential.

Symbols and Abbreviations

You may find this book very useful.


You may find this book very useful.

6 Day Course

Duration: 40 hours plus homework and assessments
Student to instructor ratio 12:1