RYA Day Skipper  Theory Course

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RYA Day Skipper  Theory Course


A good skipper always has a plan to carry out their passage safely.  The aim of the RYA Day Skipper Theory course is to give the student the skills and knowledge to plan a passage safely by day in tidal waters with which they are familiar.  It is a basic 'building block' of theory that gives the student a thorough grounding in maritime knowledge.  The syllabus is busy, but at Fowey Maritime Centre, we use a range of training aids to build understanding and to cater for different learning styles.


The course runs for 4 days tuition time in Fowey and costs £320 per student.  With a class size of between 4-6 students, there is also likely to be some homework each night, and the course is assessed via two written exams by our qualified and experienced RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructors.



Pre-Course Requirements



There are no formal pre-requisites, but we do suggest that candidates have some boating behind them to allow them to apply the theory to situations they have experienced.




RYA Day Skipper Theory Syllabus Summary




  • Navigation including plotting visual fixes, use of waypoints, tidal heights and streams, course to steer to allow for tidal stream and leeway, IALA buoyage and electronic aids to navigation.
  • Pilotage for leaving and arriving at ports, harbours and marinas etc.
  • Passage planning taking into account the limitations of the crew and boat, tides and weather.
  • Understanding weather forecasts and charts.
  • Use of waypoints.
  • Working up Dead Reckoning and Estimated Position.
  • Maintenance of navigational records.
  • Understands the use of leading and clearing lines.
  • Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage.
  • Has been introduced to the benefits and limitations of Global Navigation Satellite Systems such as GPS, Galileo and GLONASS.
  • Meteorology.
  • Knows sources of forecasted weather information, tidal data and other sources of information such as Notices To Mariners.
  • Can interpret shipping forecasts and use of a barometer as a forecasting aid.
  • Has a working knowledge of the application of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
  • Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.
  • Understands correct use of emergency signals, grab bags and other Lifesaving Apparatus.
  • Understands the special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.






FOWEY MARITIME CENTRE - 20 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1BE



20 Lostwithiel Street, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1BE