Royal Yachting Association

RYA Day Skipper Basic Course (Night Class)

Royal Yachting Association

Course Overview:

This course equips the delegate with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar river and coastal waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is included to enable you to undertake limited night cruising. The course also takes into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats.

The course is taught over 40 hours (20 weeks duration - one night per week consisting of a two hour class) with two exam papers which are prepared by the RYA.

The course will commence Thursday 24th October - 18:30 to 20:30 each night - and run weekly until 19th March, 2020 with exception of following dates: 26th December and 2nd January.

NOTE - If you would like to view our RYA Dayskipper Plus course which also includes RYA Basic Survival,  Radar, Short Range Radio Course (SRC) and STCW Boatmaster Firefighting, please click on the following link - RYA Day Skipper Plus Course

Course Content:

  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic charts
  • Position fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
  • Weather forecasting and meteorology
  • Tides
  • Collision regulations
  • Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and life rafts

Entry Requirements:



Successful delegates will receive a RYA Day Skipper shorebased certificate. This will allow them to go towards a Day Skipper practical course & entry into Coastal Skipper.