RYA Day Skipper Theory

RYA Day Skipper Shore Based Theory  £269

This is a 40 hour course offered over 3 weekends, or evenings, or individual tuition at a time chosen by you.

We offer the option for you to select three weekends from our course dates to pick the weekends that suit you best. If you select this option this there is an additional £60 on your course fees.

The course fee includes the RYA Day Skipper Theory Pack: the training charts, the training almanac, the RYA  electronic chart plotter and other learning materials.

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

No previous experience is necessary however some practical experience will be helpful. This course is a first step in becoming a skipper: the course is a must for anyone planning to undertake the RYA Day Skipper practical course.

Your instructor will be happy to discuss and suggest any suitable pre-course reading with you . Just give Rosy a call 07513846229 or send a text and we’ll get back to you.

Next RYA Day Skipper theory Weekend  Course

Six days over three weekends, starting  in January 2019. 

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February

Saturday 2 and Sunday  3 March

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March

RYA Day Skipper Theory Evening Course starting in October 2019:

The evening course will run over 16 evenings, on a Tuesday, starting  on Tuesday 15 October 2019. The evening start at 6.30 and finish at 9.00pm

This evenin course is a popular course with limited places so please contact  Rosy for more details and availability on 07513846229 or email: leithnautical@gmail.com

Individual course:

We also provide individual tuition for the RYA Day Skipper  Skipper course which can be undertaken both at weekends and during the week.  These can be held either at our location or yours, whichever suits you best!

These start from £155 per day if held in Edinburgh.  Just just us a call or send a text for more details.

Course topics include:


This will provide you with a grounding in essential navigational skills. The course will cover  traditional and electronic navigation. This will cover marine charts, tide tables and sailing  almanacs.

We teach you chart work covering plotting your position with dead reckoning, estimated position, and a position fix. You will learn how  plot a course to steer in tidal waters, calculate tidal heights and tidal streams.


The course will introduce you to understanding the weather, weather forecasts,  and how to make decisions based on this information.

Rules of the Road

A key responsibility of a skipper is to understand the rules of the road. We will cover all aspects of these rules from stand on and give way, lights, sounds and day shapes. 

Safety at Sea

The skipper is responsible for the safety of themselves and their crew. This course teaches you the safety equipment available on boats and how it is to be used.

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RYA Day skipper theory course

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