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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: £395. 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 small amount of homework will be required between sessions. Dates are not interchangeable.

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.

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

Course Description: 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.

Prior Knowledge/Experience: none

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

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

Tuesday and Thursday evenings + weekend day(s)


December: /Sat 9th / Sun 10th / Tue 12th / Thurs 14th / Sat 16th / Sun 17th / Tue 19th



January - Tue 16th / Sat 20th / Sun 21st / Tue 23rd / Sun 28th / Tue 30th / +

Feb - Sun 4th



January Thurs 11th, Sat 13th, Sun 14th, Thurs 18th, Sat 27th

February Thurs 1st, Sat 3rd


PLEASE NOTE: Dates are unfortunately not interchangeable between the courses.

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.


Last updated 09:52 on 7 December 2023

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