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RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

Evening class: £265.00

04 October '17Places

The RYA Day Skipper shorebased course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of seamanship, navigation and meteorology. By the end of this course you should be competent enough to safely navigate around familiar waters by day. It is suitable for all disciplines be it sail, power or motor.

Our evening classes start in the Autumn and are great for those who live within easy travelling distance of our school in Ipswich, Suffolk and want to fit learning into current lifestyles and around work and family commitments. 


  • Wednesday evenings: 1930-2130 
  • 20 weeks: 10 before Christmas, with a break over the festive period, and 10 weeks starting again mid January.

Suggested Previous Experience

No experience is needed, however some practical yachting or motor cruising understanding is desirable.


Course includes: 

  • Day Skipper shorebased theory notes
  • Practice Almanac
  • Practice Charts
  • Tea and Coffee


Course Content

The course covers the basics of inshore and coastal navigation and pilotage. Including position fixing, plotting a course to steer, knowledge of tides, weather forecasting, collision regulations, lights and buoyage, safety at sea and electronic navigation. 


You will need a plotter and pair of dividers for the navigational exercises, please bring your own along. If you do not have your own set they are available to buy from us at your first session. 


RYA Day Skipper Shorebased certificate.






Day Skipper Shorebased Course Syllabus

Nautical terms:

  • Parts of a boat and hull, and General nautical terminology


  • Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use

Anchor work:

  • Characteristics of different types of anchor
  • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring


  • Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting.
  • Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets.
  • Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone.
  • Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.

International regulations for preventing collisions at sea:

  • Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)
  • General rules (all other rules)


  • Definition of position, course and speed.
  • Latitude and longitude.
  • Knowledge of standard navigational terms
  • True bearings and courses
  • The knot
  • Navigational charts and publications
  • Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance- Navigational publications in common use. - Chart correction
  • Navigational drawing instruments
  • Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments


  • Application of variation - Awareness of deviation and its causes
  • Use of handbearing compass


  • Dead reckoning and estimated position including awareness of leeway
  • Techniques of visual fixing - Satellite derived positions
  • Use of waypoints to fix position - Course to steer

Tides and tidal streams:

  • Tidal definitions, levels and datum - Tide tables
  • Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
  • Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork

Visual aids to navigation:

  • Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics


  • Sources of broadcast meteorological information
  • Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale and their significance to small craft
  • Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts

Passage planning:

  • Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
  • Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
  • Use of waypoints on passage
  • Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
  • Keeping a navigational record

Navigation in restricted visibility:

  • Precautions to be taken in and limitations imposed by fog


  • Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines. IALA buoyage for region A Use of sailing directions. - Pilotage plans and harbour entry

Marine environment :

  • Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment
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