Portland plotter on a chart with someone's hand at Mylor Sailing School Cornwall

RYA Day Skipper Theory Shorebased Course

RYA Day Skipper Theory is a shorebased sea navigation course. Understand charts and planning a passage with the tides and weather with safety.

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Need to know how to get your boat from A to B safely?

The RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is an essential 40 hour navigation course that teaches you the basics of coastal and inshore navigation by daylight and pilotage including chart-work, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, and a knowledge of tides and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea (IRPCS). It is the pre-requisite level of navigation required to prepare you for the RYA Day Skipper Practical course.


Sunday 11th March – Friday 16th March 2018 – Full

6 Day Split Weekend – Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd, Sun 4th and Fri 9th, Sat 10th, Sun 11th November 2018

Understanding where you can go in your boat is vital. This course will give you the knowledge to feel confident in understanding how to read a chart of the area and the methods used to approach harbours, coastal rivers, including the ever important tidal restrictions for where you can take your vessel.

As well as navigation the RYA Day Skipper Theory course will help you to understand the different yacht types and the equipment necessary to carry on-board as well as safety procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and life-rafts.



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Group£359 Including RYA Pack


Our trainer was really knowledgeable, great classroom, great coffee and biscuits that kept me going!! Thanks very much.

Frequently asked questions

When do you run these courses?

We normally do the 40 hour course over 6 days intensively. Sometimes this may be split into 2 long weekends. We only run these courses in the Autumn and Spring. We only run this course with small groups and very knowledgeable trainers.

Do I have to have any prior knowledge before taking this course?

No, this is a course starting from the beginning and working through to quite a competent level. Any prior knowledge will be beneficial.

Where will this course take place?

We have classrooms at Mylor Sailing School with all the necessary resources. This is a shorebased course. Classrooms have ramped access.

What is the minimum age who can take this course?

The RYA recommend a minimum age of 12 due to the mathematical calculations.

Do I need to buy a plotter and set of dividers?

We will supply this for use during your training. If you would like to purchase your own set then we recommend Mylor Chandlery here in the harbour who also have an online shop.

How many days is this course?

We run this course over 6 consecutive days with the exams on the final couple of days. There should be 40 hours contact time for the training.

Is there any pre-course reading that you can recommend?

You will be supplied with the RYA Day Skipper Theory book on the first day of your course. You will also be emailed a recommended reading list once you have booked onto the course.

What do I need to bring?

We provide all the technical equipment required. You will need to bring, a writing pad and pencil. Erasers and pencil sharpeners available. Also we provide hot drinks.

Is there anywhere to get lunch nearby?

You can either bring a packed lunch or there is a very good cafe in the harbour. Cafe Mylor is approx 200m from our training school.

Is it easy to park?

Yes you will be able to park right outside and we provide a free parking pass for the duration of your course.

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