Learn how to navigate on this classroom based Day Skipper course.
The Day Skipper shorebased course is for those that have done little or no actual navigation, regardless of whether you have a lot of sailing experience or none. You can also book the Day Skipper Theory course in your office.
The course includes lots of navigation (including use of GPS and electronic charts), meteorology, collision regulations and safety procedures.
Courses are carried out over either:
Ideally the Day Skipper theory course should be followed by a Day Skipper practical course. On completion of the practical course you will be qualified to charter and skipper a yacht. Depending on how much sailing you have previously done you may need to take a practical Competent Crew course before taking the Day Skipper Practical Course.
Looking for the Practical Course? View Day Skipper Practical Course.
This is a shore based course. So all the lessons will be carried out at the location shown at the top of this page, along with online study wherever suits you if you have opted for the combined classroom and online course.
The 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.
Minimum Pre Course Experience: Great if you have done some sailing before but doesn't matter if you haven't.
Ability after the Course: Background knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.
Course Content: Navigation, meteorology, rules of the road, safety.
We provide a comprehensive set of materials to assist you with the course including:
Standard RYA pack with practice charts and questions The RYA Navigation Handbook by Tim Bartlett – contains everything you need to know and a source of reference for years to come. A student website with lots of useful links and copies of the course slides available on line - very useful if you miss a lesson or would like to see what is coming up in the next lesson or wish to refresh your memory. A special First Class Sailing edition Cockpit Companion – a great aide memoire designed to take with you when you go on the water. A piece of rope to practice your knot tying skills Enthusiastic and dedicated First Class Sailing instructors who will go the extra mile Wonderful customer service support team from the First Class Sailing office RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate at the end Unlimited ongoing support and advice on matters nautical For the combined classroom and online course you will be given a username and password to access the RYA approved online modules. Full email/phone support will be on hand from an instructor for any questions arise that may arise.
Fun. You'll learn a lot. You'll meet like minded individuals in the classroom sessions. You'll get as much or as little help from your instructor as you need. An instructor who loves teaching you. An excellent selection of course materials.
It is not a problem if you have to miss a lesson providing you are prepared to put some effort into catching up. We provide a comprehensive set of notes including an area on our website where you can access the slides the instructor shows. There is a bit of homework each week and providing you do this you know you will have caught up sufficiently. Also the instructor is there half an hour before the start of each class and can often stay behind afterwards if required.
Start Times Courses are run over 40 hours plus time for exams. Evening classes generally start at 6.30pm with the instructor being available from 6pm. Weekend classes start at 9am.
You need for the course a set of plotters and dividers. These are navigational instruments. We can provide them for £20 and you can pick them up at the first class. Alternatively you can buy them from most chandleries but they will probably be more expensive. You will be asked if you want us to supply you with this item when you book a course.
It is useful at this stage to purchase a £7.49 logbook. The Logbook is a place to record your miles and keep your certificates. It outlines the whole RYA Cruising Scheme giving the course content for each course.
We advise bringing a briefcase or bag to transport the course materials away on the first night.
What did you like most about about your course? Well-defined and beautifully balanced act between people, didactics and technology. Combo is rarely achieved successfully but it hits the bull's eye! How would you rate the support you received during your course on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being very poor and 5 being excellent? 5 no doubt. From the first feedback onwards it's guaranteed you are not alone! I like the way anecdotes and facts are sprinkled occasionally alongside the syllabus, like recent ship wrecks in the Channel, etc. This certainly makes reading more interesting as text books tend to be somewhat drier. Please use any occasion to exploit that approach. That enriches the reader immensely as it is first-hand knowledge in its purest form, and that is certainly difficult to obtain anywhere else. Well done. "LJ,
"The Instructor was an excellent coach and really took the time with our class to ensure we all understood all aspects of the course. He was patient and prepared to take the time to ensure we all had the best knowledge transferred to us. He was an excellent instructor and had a significant amount of detailed knowledge that was most helpful to me and the rest of the class. He is passionate and fully committed to his work and goes above and beyond to ensure you are capable and have a really enjoyable experience learning with him. First Class Sailing are well organised and the logistics, course material and facilities were all top notch "David, Director
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