RYA Day Skipper Theory - 5 days

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16 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018 £449.00
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RYA Day Skipper Theory - 5 days

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £449 per person

Duration: 5 Days


Girls For Sail Verdict

Get the most out of your practical sailing courses by doing some pre-course theory with us!


What the Girls Had to Say

"What a great week it was! I really enjoyed it. Thank you all for everything - the warm welcome, the friendly, relaxed atmosphere, the patience of the instructors - and the female touch which put us all more in our comfort zone!!"


Starts: 10am GFS Office Shepards Wharf marina Cowes

Finishes: Ends 5pm each day - please be prepared for some homework!

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, run in conjunction with Nav-at-home.

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.

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  We want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 
  • You can use our plotters and other equipment free of charge in our classroom-based courses
  • Or with our Nav-at-home courses you can get immediate access to correct answers
  • And of course you are completely ready to take your practical with either course! Plus you could navigate your way in any water! 

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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