Day Skipper Shorebased Navigation Course 
 
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased courses are run both intensively over 5 days and over Winter evenings in a night school format. We run the intensive Day Skipper courses at least once a month and generally every two weeks through the Spring and Summer months. 
 
A comprehensive introduction to 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. 
 
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  
 
Our start days are favourable for your work patterns since we usually start them on a Thursday and conclude on a Monday to allow you to use the weekend and avaoid taking too many holiday days from your workplace. 
 
Night school Day Skipper shorebased courses are designed for you to complete the course during those dark evenings when boating isn't top of your priorities. We space the course over 20 weeks for 2 hours on each Tuesday evening, but have a lengthy Christmas break and conclude the course shortly before Easter. Ideal for the new boating season.