RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

The Fundamental Skills

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

This course is aimed at those people who want to acquire the background knowledge to skipper a sailing yacht or motor boat on short coastal passages, by day. It forms an important building block for successful completion of the the Day Skipper practical course or Intermediate Powerboat course.

This 40-hour classroom based course covers the following topics:

    • Nautical Terms
    • Ropework
    • Anchorwork
    • Safety
    • Definition of position, course and speedRYA Day Skipper
    • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
    • Navigational charts and publications
    • Navigational instruments
    • Compass
    • Chartwork
    • Tides and tidal streams
    • Visual aids to navigation
    • Meteorology
    • Passage planning
    • Navigation in restricted visibility
    • Pilotage
    • Marine environment


40hrs tuition (+ 2 assessment papers)


None, just an interest in boating or ambition to skipper a vessel by day in familiar waters.

Knowledge after course

By the end of this course, students will have had a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and seamanship. Building on this solid foundation, students will now be ready to complete the Day Skipper Sail/Power practical course (providing they meet the other pre-requisites) or Intermediate Powerboat course.

For sail cruising courses, we would recommend Sail Badachro, based near Gairloch on the West Coast of Scotland.

The next step on the shorebased pathway would be the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course.

Client Feedback

“I thought the course was really good. Interesting and nice mix between theory learning and practical working”

Lea, January 2018

“Really enjoyed the course and look forward to applying what I have learnt on the water. Theory was learned with great presentations and Rob explained everything well and was patient in explaining again when concepts weren’t grasped immediately”

Becky, January 2018

“I enjoyed the course. It was taxing at times, as with any new content but impressed with your patience”

Anne, January 2018

“Really good course, with good material to learn from and the trainer takes a lot of time to explain and teach us a lot! Thank you very much!”

Aude, January 2018

“All great! Learned a lot! Really glad I came along for the course!”

Saliza, January 2018

“Very good instruction. Patient instructor with extra tuition where required”

Richy, January 2018

“Excellent course, well delivered with good mix of theory and working exercises. Would highly recommend this course”

Donna-Claire, February 2017

“I have difficulty learning but found Rob one of the best for conveying the lessons”

David, February 2017

“Very happy with the course and the tuition received and look forward to going on to Yachtmaster”

Frazer, February 2017

What’s included?

  • Detailed tuition from an RYA Shorebased Instructor, using a range of training aids
  • A comfortable classroom environment
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits
  • RYA certificate on successful completion of course

Every student will also receive a course pack containing:

  • Course notes
  • Exercise book
  • Training charts
  • Electronic chart plotter voucher

What you need to bring

  • Pen and paper
  • 2b pencils, rubber and sharpener
  • Plotter and dividers (we can order these on your behalf, please mention at the time of booking)
  • Packed lunch

Recommended reading

As part of your course pack, you will receive a copy of the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Notes, to support your learning. However, if you wish to read around the subject in more depth, we would recommend the following books:

Buy RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition at the RYA Shop

Buy RYA International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea at the RYA Shop


TBC- the course will run at a venue within 30mins drive of Inverness.

Dates Winter 2019/20

6 day course over consecutive weekends:

11/12, 18/19 & 25/26 January 2020

This course can also be run on demand (minimum 3 people required), at any suitable venue. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.




To book a place on this course, please contact us by email or phone. Please state the course and date you are interested in and we will provide you with a booking form to complete.

A 20% deposit is required to secure a place and the full balance of payment will be required no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.