RYA Day Skipper Theory (2+3 days)

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RYA Day Skipper Theory (2+3 days)

Girls For Sail Verdict

Get the most out of your practical sailing courses by doing some pre-course theory with us! We offer both a classroom based and online-only* option to complete the theory - perfect if you'd rather take longer than 5 days to master it!

*delivered by Navathome, a recognised RYA Training Centre specialising in online training.

What the girls had to say

"I came after having a very upsetting experience of day skipper theory and was incredibly nervous. Everyone was lovely and made me feel very welcome, right from the initial phone call. Amazing - thank you so much! Not only have I got through the qualification, but you have helped me regain my confidence!" Vicki, Day Skipper Theory 2015


Starts: 10am at the GFS Office, Shepards Wharf Marina, Cowes

Finishes: 4pm at the GFS Office, Cowes

About The Event

This course introduces the theory of navigation, seamanship, rules of the road and meteorology and gives sailors an underpinning knowledge required to sail safely at sea.

The course covers all aspects required for certification for the RYA Day Skipper theory as outlined here:

  • Chartwork
  • The Compass
  • Safety and Rules of the Road
  • Passage Planning
  • Weather
  • Tides
  • Pilotage

How long does the course last?

This is a 5 day classroom-based course. If you can't spare 5 days off work, then why not take a look at our weekend-based RYA Day Skipper theory course - or sign up to our online theory course, delivered by Navathome, a recognised RYA Training Centre specialising in online training. The online course can be accessed for six months from time of booking and can be extended after this time for a small admin fee.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Introduction, tools of the navigator, charts, datum’s, almanac, chart corrections, Latitude, longitude and position fixing symbols

Position fixing, transits, quick plotting techniques

Variation and deviation, fixing position

Exercises, Parts of the yacht

Day 2 - Recap Homework, visit to Cowes Yacht Haven

Tidal theory, tide tables, terms used, springs and neaps, diamonds, atlas

Tidal Heights, tidal curves, secondary ports

Day 3 - Safety and environment, dead reckoning and estimated position, tidal stream exercises

I.R.P.C.S, leading lights, clearing bearings

Day 4 - Course to steer, leeway, SOG and ETA, Buoyage, leading lights, sectored lights,GPS, Weather, Passage planning

Day 5 - Revision

General assessment exam 1.5 hours

Chart work assessment exam 1.5 hours


What experience do I need to do this course?

We recommend that girls joining this course have at least 5 days' experience of on-the-water sailing as this will help put the theory of the course into practice. 

Don't have the experience yet? Click here to view details of our RYA Competent Crew practical course - the perfect intro to sailing!

What equipment do I need?

You will need a plotter and set of dividers for this course - you can borrow a set from us, or buy your own set from us when you arrive.

About Cowes

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling it's resident population multifold.

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.

Additional Info

Why not book your RYA Day Skipper practical course with us whilst the theory is fresh in your mind?

We run 5 day practical courses - either as a week-long course, or over 2 weekends (2+3 days), perfect if you're short on time or can't get away from the office or home for a whole week!

Why choose Girls for Sail?

·         You will be learning from our handpicked RYA Qualified Instructors

·         We strive to provide a teaching environment that instils confidence

·         We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition 

·         There's no such thing as a 'silly' question

·         We believe sailing is supposed to be fun

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How do I book?

The theory courses really are the ideal way to develop your skills and confidence on the water - you wouldn't start driving a car without first reading the Highway Code and skippering a yacht is pretty much the same thing!

Want to get to grips with the theory or set out on your way to becoming a skipper? If you have any questions then please get in touch!

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