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Course Overview

Duration: The course typically should take you around 40 hours, should be completed within 6 month of the course purchase date, although this can be extended a further 6 months if necessary (a small additional administration cost will apply)

Previous experience required: None, but some practical experience is desirable.

Seamanship, basic navigation and pilotage, safety procedures, and collision regulations. The Day Skipper theory course introduces the wide range of subjects needed to skipper a small yacht, including:
  • The parts and equipment of a yacht.
  • Emergency and safety equipment and procedures (distress calls, flares, helicopter rescue, safety harnesses, life jackets and life rafts).
  • The basics of coastal navigation and pilotage, including chart work, position fixing, plotting a course to steer and tidal heights and streams.
  • Key parts of the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea.
  • Weather forecasting, including a basic understanding of the causes of the weather, pressure systems and how to interpret weather information.
During the course you will work through 12 coursework exercises leading to two exams, one on navigation and the other a general paper covering seamanship, meteorology and the collision regulations.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate.

Course Summary

This Day Skipper course is for you if you...
  • Are involved in or becoming involved in sailing/ motor or power boating/ sea angling/ diving
  • Have a little experience on the water
  • Want to take the next theory step up from essential navigation and seamanship
  • Are a little rusty on the basics
  • Are preparing for the day skipper practical
  • Want to be more helpful as a crew member
The course
  • The aim of this Day Skipper course is to give you knowledge to navigate in familiar waters by day and a Basic introduction to night sailing
  • There is a two part exam for this course and a certificate awarded for successful completion
Topics covered
  • Seamanship/ charts/ tides/ chart work/ GPS/ buoyage/ pilotage/ safety/ rules of road/ passage planning/ meteorology/ passage making
Course duration
  • This course is flexible study
  • You can choose when to study
  • You can choose where to study.. at home, during your lunch times at the office, in the back garden... but you will need access to the internet
  • Your online access lasts 6 months
  • The course does not expire until you pass your assessment*
  • *To extend your online access another 6 months an administration fee can be paid as often as required until you complete the course
Course pack
  • Course notes / exercises / chart plotter / practice charts / training almanac
Course cost includes
  • online access to the course
  • course pack
  • tutor available to answer questions via email or over the phone
  • casual drop in dates available, booking in advance, at Kip or our Borders office for that extra help
  • Discounted price on your Day Skipper Practical course
What extra do I need
  • Pen/ 2B pencil/ eraser/ sharpener/ note pad/ portland course plotter and dividers (or equivalent)

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RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

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