RYA Theory Courses

Day Skipper Theory

 

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers in English, this course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

This course takes into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats. 

How long is the course?

The course is taught over 40 hours in English with two exam papers. It can be covered in two ways:

  1. As a series of short sessions in the classroom, combined with a 5 or 6 day Day Skipper Practical Course on the water. Or,

  2. You can take the course as a 5 day classroom course plus a day for exam.

 

Course topics include:

  • 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 liferaft.

 

Price

Euro 750 per person for a 6 day course, including all course material, pencil and notebooklunch, coffee, tea and water.

 

Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Theory

 

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages in English.

 

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

How long is the course?

The course is taught over 40 hours in English with three exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive 5 day course plus one day for exam. 

 

Course topics include:

  • position fixing

  • course shaping and plotting

  • tidal knowledge

  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications

  • electronic position finding equipment

  • taking and interpreting forecasts

  • plotting weather systems

  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation

  • collision regulations

  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad

Price

Euro 750 per person for a 6 day course, including all course material, pencil and notebooklunch, coffee, tea and water.

 

Passage Planning
Taking a bearing
Theory exercises
Teaching on the go
Lanzarote Sunset
Where are we going today?
Passage Planning
Fun sailing conditions
Planning together