RYA Day Skipper and Yachtmaster theory

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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