Royal Yachting Association

RYA Day Skipper PLUS 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 20 weeks - one night per week consisting of a two hour class, with two exam papers which are prepared by the RYA - as well as weekend classes.

The main RYA Day Skipper basic course will run every Thursday - 18:30 to 20:30 each night - between 24th October and 19th March 2020, with exception of following dates: 26th December and 2nd January.

You will also be required to attend on the following dates to attain the additional qualifications:

  • Boat Masters Fire Fighting – Sat 9 Nov & Sat 7 Mar
  • RYA Short Range Radio – Mon 18 / Wed 20 / Mon 25 Nov & Tues 24 / Wed 25 Mar
  • RYA Survival Training – Sat 14 Dec & Sat 8 Feb
  • RYA Radar – Sat 18 Jan
  • SRC Assessment/Dayskipper Feedback – Thurs 26 Mar


NOTE - If you would like to view our RYA Dayskipper Basic course please click on the following link RYA Day Skipper Basic 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

Also included as part of the “Plus” package:

RYA Basic Survival Course

The course gives the delegate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the safety equipment carried on small boats and the techniques needed to survive at sea.

RYA Radar Course

The course gives the delegate knowledge and understanding in the use of radar in small boats as an aid to navigation and for the use in collision avoidance.

RYA Short Range Radio Course (SRC)

This course gives the delegate the knowledge, understanding and ability to operate a marine radio and the proper use of procedures in using it.

STCW Boatmaster Firefighting

This STCW 2010 course is designed to provide those sailing as boatmasters with the appropriate training to enable them to enhance fire safety on board a ship as well as give them the knowledge of how fire starts and to ensure that they are confident of the procedures to follow in the event of fire on board.

Entry Requirements:



Successful delegates will receive a RYA Day Skipper shore based certificate as well as individual course completion certificates for the additional courses taken. This will allow them to go towards a Day Skipper practical course & entry into Coastal Skipper.