Dayskipper Theory – Classroom

Key Course Details

Duration: 5 days

Time: 9am to 5pm

Group Size: 4 to 6

Min Age: From 14

Price: £375 to £395



The RYA Dayskipper Theory course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for less experienced skippers.This course equips you with enough knowledge to undertake short coastal passages by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Course Duration

5 days from 9am to 5pm. Each evening there is likely to be 1 – 2 hours ‘homework’.

Instructor – student ratio

4 – 6 students per Instructor

Prior experience

No prior boating experience is necessary although in reality most people who take Dayskipper Theory do so after a minimum of 1 – 2 years boating.

Minimum Age

We are generally happy for a child over 14 to attend the course. We’d always suggest having a chat through things with you if you’d like to book a youngster onto the course. Those under 16 must attend with an adult.

Course cost

The course costs £395
Each price quoted in the ‘Key Course Details’ section above is the price per head for 1 person, for 2 persons the per head cost reduces by 2.5% and for three people by 5%. The price shown is inclusive of VAT.

What do I get with the course

You get a full RYA Dayskipper Theory Course pack which includes course notes and RYA Training Charts. The workbooks that you complete as the course proceeds are also yours allowing you to practice again after the course if you wish. You also get a course completion certificate.

Is there an end of course assessment?

Yes there is. On the final day of the course you will sit two papers – one focuses on the collision regulations and the other on the navigation aspects of the course.

The course though addresses everything that comes up in the papers so you can be assured that you will find them pretty straightforward as they are simply a way to sum up all you have learnt at the conclusion of the course.

What’s best – doing the course online or in the classroom?

In all honesty if you can afford the time to come to us and do the course in the classroom in our opinion this is by far the best way. Whilst the online course is excellent what you really miss out on is the real hands on experience of our instructors who have many years of experience afloat and add to the syllabus to maximise the benefit of the course and your investment in it.

However if you want to do the course away from the classroom, or of course, simply cannot afford the time to be in the classroom for that length of time then the online course is great.

I’m a sailor – is this course valid for me too?

Absolutely. The RYA Dayskipper Theory course has been written to be completely relevant to both powerboats and those boating under sail. Our instructors both use powerboats and sail (they just love the water!) so are equally at home at both speeds of travel and are totally at ease with the issues specific to sailing boats.

Why choose Powerboat Training UK for your Dayskipper Theory course?

The simple answer is our instructors. Our instructors have current, real hands on experience of helming fast and slower power driven vessels and vessels on passage under sail all over the world and their experience of using the navigation techniques that this course covers is a key component of what makes this a great course for everyone who gets afloat.

As a professional full time school our classrooms are well equipped and dedicated to the running of these courses so have all of the materials expected so that we can run first rate courses.

The Course

Over the 5 days that this course lasts, course participants gain a thorough and in depth understanding of a variety of subject areas. The duration and classroom based nature of the course affords far more time to cover and understand the subject matter than is possible in a course that includes practical work too.

The course is equally valuable for those who want to build on Level 2 or the Intermediate course, those progressing towards the Advanced Certificate or Yachtmaster or those simply keen to improve their background knowledge of many aspects of boating. Those who have Powerboat Level 2 find the more detailed coverage of areas such as tides, navigation, charts etc gives them a chance to really build on what is, by necessity, only covered briefly at Level 2. Potential candidates for the Advanced Course find the course giving them the level of knowledge they need to acquire to address subject areas on the Advanced Course whilst others simply find that the course reinforces the skills they have acquired on other courses.

The syllabus covers:

  • Nautical terms
  • Ropework
  • Anchorwork
  • Safety
  • Collision Regulations
  • Definition of position, course and speed

  • Navigational charts and publications
  • Navigational drawing instruments
  • Compass
  • Chartwork
  • Tides and tidal streams
  • Visual aids to navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Passage planning
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Marine environment

At the end of the course there is an exam which covers all of the above areas. Success in the exam leads to the award of your course certificate

No prior experience is required to attend the course.

This course is aimed at

The RYA Dayskipper Theory course is a great course both for those starting out in boating but equally those that have been boating for years.


Some examples of the sorts of people that have attended this course include:

  • Those with little or no boating experience keen to ensure that as they progress in terms of their boating they are doing so with firm foundations under them.
  • Those who have taken the Level 2 or Intermediate courses and are keen to take their theory knoweldge up a step.
  • Those keen to progress to the Advanced Course who want and need to take their theory knowledge up to the standar required for that course.
  • Those progressing up the boating ladder wanting to ensure their theory skills/knowledge are at the rigt level before stepping on to Yachtmaster Theory.

If you have a large group to train….

For yacht clubs and other organisations requiring group training we are happy to train in large groups and are happy to travel throughout the UK. We have run in-house courses for various government, military and Fire & Rescue services during the last 12 months.

Please contact us to discuss this option and the associated costs – which may be far less per head than our standard rates depending on the numbers being trained.


The course is a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn to start making decisions onboard in terms of safety, passage making etc.

Nautical terms:

Parts of a boat and hull; General nautical terminology; Ropework: Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use; Anchorwork: 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 (see RYA Boat Safety Handbook, C8); 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.

The ‘collision regulations’:

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 hand-bearing compass


Dead reckoning and estimated position including an 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 passages. 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 system of buoyage for Region A; Use of sailing directions; Pilotage plans and harbour entry

Marine environment:

Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment

Dayskipper Theory – Classroom - Book Now

Thank you for your interest in this course.

Hopefully any dates that we have scheduled work well with your availability. If the dates don't quite work then we are always keen to be as flexible as possible to help accommodate your availability - just contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

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When you make a booking on this system please remember that is subject to confirmation and you will receive confirmation from us at the latest the next business day. You will not be charged until we send the confirmation.

DateLocationNumber of places
Mon 14th Sep 2020Poole
Mon 30th Nov 2020Poole