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RYA Day Skipper Theory


RYA Day Skipper Theory Classroom Based

Accredited RYA Theory Course offering a comprehensive introduction to sail cruising for inexperienced skippers.

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.

All theory courses are held at the Club House a.k.a Linden House, 60 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W69TA


Additional Info:

Course Title: RYA Day Skipper Theory

Course Cost: £405. This includes the RYA Course pack & materials. The Portland Plotter and Dividers need to be purchased in addition (£26.50)

Course Duration: 40 guided learning hours + 2 x exam papers, either as evenings and/or mixed in with weekends. NOTE: a minimum of 1.5-2 hours homework per week will be required between sessions.

It will be the responsibility of the student to catch up any missed dates. We suggest no more than 2 dates get missed.

Core hours are from 19:00 - 22:00 (for evening classes) except for the first evening where registration will start from 18:30pm. Those unable to make an earlier slot can complete registration post 22:00.

On most evenings the instructors will be in from 18:00 for anyone needing to catch up hours or for some additional review.

Core hours for weekend classes are approx. 9:30 - 5pm except for the first day where registration will start promptly at 9am.

Prior Knowledge/Experience: none

Course topics include: the basics of seamanship, the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage, chart work, 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, life jackets and life rafts.
What's Included: RYA Northern Hemisphere Student Pack includes assessment papers, course notes, practice charts, training almanac, certificate of completion. The Portland Plotter and dividers are an additional cost and can be secured at the time of your booking, should you wish to do so via the Club. These will then be handed out with your materials on the day. The cost runs is £26.50.


Next Steps: RYA Coastal Skipper Yacht-master Theory and/or RYA Day Skipper Practical



COURSE 2024 Autumn

This course is a combination of 6x weekday evenings and 3 x full days on the weekend (Sat & Sun)

October: Tue 1st / Wed 2nd / Thurs 3rd / Sun 6th / Sat 19th / Sun 20th / Tue 22nd / Wed 23rd / Thurs 24th


COURSE 2024 Winter

This course is a combination of 3x weekday evenings and 4 x full days on the weekend (Sat & Sun)

November: Sat 23rd / Sun 24th / Thurs 28th

December: Tue 3rd / Thurs 5th / Sat 7th / Sun 8th


PLEASE NOTE: Course dates are no interchangeable

All courses/training is bookable via the online calendar (please filter according to course type)



Should a course be non-bookable/Full, please email the office to be placed on a waitlist if no other dates are suitable.

All group bookings, please email the office to coordinate dates.



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