Day Skipper Theory (Shorebased)

Course content

This is a classroom based course teaching you the theoretical aspects of pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation, rules of the road and meteorology to RYA Day Skipper Theory standard required for competing the RYA Day Skipper practical course on a sailing yacht or the RYA Day Skipper (Motor) course.

Pre-course experience

You don't need any previous knowledge of theory before doing this course.

If you haven't had a chance to do the RYA Competent Crew course for sail, the Helmsman's course for Motor (sometimes called Power), or been out on a sail or motor yacht for a few days don't worry as your Instructor can help put everything into context.

About the week

On the Friday evening you join your Instructor for a welcome drink, and introduce you to the other people doing the course. During the 6 days you will be spending your time in our purpose built classroom a short walk from the marina.

The course follows the RYA Day Skipper theory syllabus - with time to have extra practice on chartwork and passage planning as we run the course over 6 days rather than the RYA recommended 5. Usually you start at 9am and finish about 3pm - with time to exploring, relaxing in the afternoon sun, or completing any exercises that you didn't have time to finish in the classroom.

Access is available throughout the week to our roof terrace - perfect for relaxing over lunch or at the end of the day.

Accommodation is provided as standard for this course - unlike other schools we don't like extras (though if you live in Tenerife we can offer a discount).

Suggested reading

RYA Navigation Handbook G6

RYA Navigation Handbook G6 We recommend the RYA Navigation Handbook as its a great guide on navigation. It includes information on tides, lights, buoys and beacons; as well as electronic navigation.

We also recommend buying the partner book Navigation Exercises to put the skills in this book into practice.

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RYA Navigation Exercises – G7

RYA Navigation Exercises – G7 The partner to the RYA Navigation Handbook, this book by Chris Slade (author of the Yachtmaster® and Dayskipper test papers) , is a great book to put the theory into practise through exercises (from beginner to Yachtmaster) and model answers.

Includes RYA Training Charts 3 & 4

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Ability after course

The theoretical knowledge required to skipper a small sail or motor yacht by day in familiar waters. A perfect introduction to the navigation needed for the RYA Day Skipper Sail or Day Skipper Motor practical courses.

As usual with Club Yachting the following is included

  • Accommodation locally (normally in a pension with your own en-suite facilities or on a yacht);
  • The theory course takes place in our classroom just a couple of minutes walk from the marina, and includes all the theory books you will need;
  • Tuition from one of our team of experienced Instructors – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • 6 full days of tuition, and 7 nights accommodation – we understand that it may have been a little while since you were in a classroom and would like to run the course at a pace to suit you;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own;
  • Breakfast and lunch are included throughout the week, as are tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits;
  • All the charts, theory books and a notebook, pens, pencils and plotter and dividers you get to take him afterwards – no hidden extras.

Notes: We do not include flights, travel insurance or evening meals ashore.

Where will I stay?

Accommodation throughout the course is included – which may be on one of our yachts or in an apartment close by with your own en-suite facilities.

Must bring your own

  • Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!
  • Mobile phone charging – There is a 240v socket (Spanish type) available both in the classroom and in your bedroom;
  • Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course;
  • Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to download the EHIC form or collect it from your local post office (UK) or for details of the European Health card if you live in teh rest of Europe
  • Travel insurance – While our boats are insured we do ask you to have your own Travel Insurance and suggest Top Sail if you live in an EU country.

Notes: All bedding, bed linen (sheet, duvet cover and pillow) and towels are provided.

Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate. You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan, long jeans/trousers and jumper for the odd cooler evening in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, swimwear and something for dinners ashore.

As the boat has limited storage space a sailing bag / holdall is the most suitable luggage - hard suitcases with wheels are not recommended.

If you fancy doing both your Day Skipper Theory and Practical courses discounts are available:

  • 10% off - Combine On Line Theory at home with the RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • 10% off - Two weeks of sunshine - classroom course and RYA Day Skipper Practical