Navigation & Seamanship Theory Courses
RYA shorebased courses are an essential companion to the practical courses and in some cases (e.g. the Day Skipper or Yachtmaster™ practical courses) you will be expected to have the knowledge gained from one or more of the RYA shorebased courses before embarking upon them.
See the table below for a summary of the RYA shorebased courses you can take with us.
|Course||Assumed knowledge||Course content||Ability after the course||Duration|
|Day Skipper||Some practical experience is desirable||Seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations||Background knowledge to skipper a small yacht/cruiser in familiar waters by day.||40 hours plus exam|
|Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster™ Offshore||Knowledge to Day Skipper shorebased standard||Position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and admiralty publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer||Background knowledge to skipper a yacht/cruiser on coastal passages by day and night||40 hours plus exam|