RYA Day Skipper

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.
  • 40 hour classroom course (including 2 assessments)
  • Conducted at Preston Marina in “The Lodge” training building.
  • Includes RYA Course Pack (Day Skipper Shore Based Notes book, Excercise book and Practice charts)
  • 12:1 Student:Instructor ratio
  • Course fee £375 inc VAT

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.

We are continually updating our courses to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats.

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or over 3 consecutive weekends.

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 life-rafts

40 hour classroom course

Prior boating experience not essential but may be beneficial.

Course fee £375 inc VAT (includes RYA Course Pack)

Upcoming Course Dates;

3 Consecutive Weekends (max. 12 people, min. 3 people)

  • November/December 2022 – 19th & 20th Nov., 26th & 27th Nov., 3rd & 4th December 2022
  • January 2023 – 7th & 8th Jan., 14th & 15th Jan., 21st & 22nd Jan. 2023

5  Day Intensive Course (max.12 people, min. 3 people)

  •  January 2023 – Monday 9th – Friday 13th (incl.)
  •  March 2023 – Monday 20th – Friday 24th (incl.)

Phone 01772 733595 or email

YOU WILL NEED A PLOTTER AND DIVIDER, AVAILABLE FROM OUR CHANDLERY WITH A 10% DISCOUNT.

Day Skipper Refresher (for rusty Day Skippers prior to the C/YM Course)

Tuesday 7th February 2023 | All about navigation |  6.30 pm – 8.30 pm (approx. finish time) (F.O.C. for Preston Marina Day Skippers booked onto the Coastal/Yachtmaster at Preston, £15 per session for others)

Thursday 9th February 2022 | The syllabus excluding navigation | 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm approx. finish time) (F.O.C. for Preston Marina Day Skippers booked onto the Coastal/Yachtmaster at Preston, £15 per session for others)