The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a prelude to the practical Day Skipper Course and equips aspiring skippers with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.
During the Day Skipper theory course students are taught the basics of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage including chartwork, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, a knowledge of tides and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea.
As well as navigation the RYA Day Skipper theory course will give students an understanding of different yacht types and the equipment they carry as well as safety procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and liferafts.
You can book online or during the registration evening but either way it’s advisable to turn up for registration night as useful information/guidance will be given then.
If you wish to do this course over consecutive days then look at our 5 day residential option.
RYA Training Packs with handbook are included but we do ask that you bring a set of dividers and a plotter as these are required for this course.
A small amount of sailing experience would be beneficial.
The Centre is confident it can provide what you need for your shorebased course. The Navigation courses come with packs provided by the RYA however candidates are encouraged to purchase and bring their own tools such as dividers and chart plotter. Paper and pens will always be readily available but again some prefer to bring their own notepads and files.×
On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.
Main timings of our day are:
Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs
All meals are served in the dining area.
Activity times. Your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.
Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.
Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.
If you are on a single day course the 0915hrs ferry from Largs to Cumbrae will get you here in sufficient time and plan for the 1730 return crossing.×