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RYA Day Skipper Theory course (2015)


It is the intention to run this course this autumn. 


The course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.

This is intended to provide basic knowledge and application to navigate around familiar waters by day.   (An outline of lights is included to provide an introduction to night time cruising).

The course is taught over 40 hours (or a little more if needed) and there are two exam papers.

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 liferafts

Ideally you will have some experience of sailing or power boating before undertaking the class as a familiarity with terms and activities make it easier to understand.  However, the course has been successfully taken by those who have had very limited experience.

The course includes exercises which are carried out as homework.  You should plan for this as completion of the work allows the instructor to confirm that elements have been understood while giving the students practice and familiarity with the theories to be able to undertake the exams with confidence.


The Pearson Hall, High St, Sonning,  RG4 6UL

Time & Dates: 

9-5 (except as shown) with breaks for lunch etc. 
26th September
17th October
31st October
7 November
21 November (today only 9-4pm)
12th December
(If needed, 19th December)


Non Members 210;  Members 150.  Membership (single) is currently 37 and if taken out now will include 2016.

Included for the cost are: 

Practice charts and practice almanac, Day Skipper text booklet, CD with practice electronic chart plotter to load to your computer, booklet with syllabus and exercises, Portland plotter and dividers, eraser and 2B pencil.

You will need to provide: 

Notebook, pen, pencil sharpener, lunch, drinks  etc (if you want any), a computer on which to run the chart plotter CD (not at the venue – at home).

If you wish to attend this course please email
or phone 07881 620420 to book your place as soon as possible. 

When emailing please give your address and phone number
and make it clear you wish to book for the course.