RYA Day Skipper Theory: £299

RYA Day Skipper Shore Based Theory  £299

Next RYA Day Skipper theory weekend  course

We have postponed our classroom based RYA Day Skipper course and hope to run our next Evening and Weekend course starting in October 2020. 

The online RYA Essential Navigation and Seamship and RYA VHF course are still available







































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.

The course fee includes the RYA Day Skipper Theory Pack, the RYA training charts, the RYA  training almanac,  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.

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

RYA Day Skipper Theory : Evening Course starting 16 October 2020:

The evening course will run over 16 evenings, on a Tuesday , starting  on Tuesday  16 October 2020 until 11 Febuary. The evening start at 7.00 and finish at 9.00pm. Don’t worry if you cannot make all the classess we can provide catch up material for you.

This evening course is a popular course with limited places so please contact Paul 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 £225 (plus course packs) 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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