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1 week
UK and Australia


The RYA Day Skipper Shore based week is a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology, collision regulations and seamanship. The course complements the practical training in our RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper Practical courses.

Course programme

You may have been sailing, seen the chart table and wondered what goes on. This 5-day course will demystify navigation, giving the trainee navigator all the tools and skills needed to navigate a yacht in sheltered waters during daylight. As well as navigation, you will learn how yachts work using both power and sail.

The course is run from our training centre in Cowes or Sydney. The course is made up of classroom sessions, as well as visits to the marina to see different types of sailing craft.


  • Tuition, publications and certification.

Dates & pricing

Sorry, there are currently no dates scheduled for this course.

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

There are no formal pre-requisites but, sailing experience is an advantage.

All students are required to secure travel insurance for the duration of their course. 

Full itinerary

The course is run over 5 days, you will cover the following subjects:

Day 1

  • Introduction, tools of the navigator, charts, almanacs, the 5011, and chart corrections.
  • Parts of the yacht and the terminology used.
  • Latitude and Longitude: fixing your position on the chart.
  • Different plotting techniques, meaning less time at the chart table.
  • Variation and deviation.

Day 2

  • Tidal theory, tide tables, terminology, neaps and springs.
  • Tidal heights, tidal curves, tidal diamonds and secondary ports.
  • Classroom exercises.

Day 3

  • Safety and environment.
  • Dead reckoning and estimated position.
  • Tidal stream exercises.
  • IRPCS, leading lights and clearing bearings.

Day 4

  • Course to steer, leeway, SOG and ETA.
  • Buoyage, leading and sectored lights.
  • GPS, electronic aids to navigation.
  • Meteorology.

Day 5

  • Meteorology.
  • Revision exercises.

There are two exams to conclude the course

Related courses

This theory course complements the practical training in the courses below.