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RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

5 Days: £435.00

2 Weekends: £435.00

Evening class: £265.00

9 Day (Theory & Practical Combined): £970.00

Correspondence Course : £355.00


The RYA day skipper shorebased course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of seamanship, navigation and meteorology. The course is suitable for sailors and motorboaters. By the end of this course you should be competent enough to theoretically navigate around familiar waters by day.

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 (Only courses at EASS)



Course Content

The course covers the basics of inshore and coastal navigation, position fixing, chartwork, planning, collision regulations, lights and buoyage, safety at sea, electronic navigation and pilotage.



5 Day

07 October '17Places
04 December '17Places

2 Weekend

04 November '17Places

Evening Classes

04 October '17Places



Course Options

  • Evening Classes

Evening classes take place at East Anglian Sea School - Starting October each year - 10 weeks before Christmas and 10 weeks after. The Day Skipper evening class takes place on Wednesday from 1930h - 2130h.

  • Five day classroom course at East Anglian Sea School

A non-residential course available over five days commencing Monday at 0930h and ending approximately 1700h Friday.

  • Two weekends classroom course at East Anglian Sea School

A non-residential course available over two weekends.

- 3 day weekend: commencing Saturday at 0930h and ending approximately 1700h Monday

- 2 day weekend: commencing Saturday at 0930h and ending approximately 1700h Sunday.


  • Combined (sail only)

A 9 day combined Day Skipper shorebased and practical course. The first 4 days are spent learning the theory in the classroom (non-residential) followed by the remaining 5 days on board (residential) putting into practice what was learnt ashore whilst it is still fresh in your mind.

We have our own self contained studio available 'The Sail Loft' which is walking distance from the Marina or we can recommend a local B&B or hotel. Please ask when booking.

Work through the syllabus anywhere in the world at your own pace with distance learning.



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
East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com