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RYA Competent Crew / Day Skipper -  Theory (Shorebased)

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for crew & 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.

The  RYA are continually updating their courses to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats.

In conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office the RYA have developed a chart plotter specifically for use on training courses, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of our Day Skipper shorebased course.

The course is taught over a minimum of 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as an evening class or a series of short sessions, as an intensive course, or combined with a practical course


RYA Shore-based Classes 2016/7

October to March (Easter)


 Competent crew / Day Skipper // Watch-leader (part 1)

An elementary course in basic seamanship, navigation & meteorology, suitable for beginners & people with little experience in navigating  cruising yachts or motor cruisers.

Duration 20 sessions* 7-9.30 pm Tuesday* Start October 6th   

General; course will start before Christmas  and aim to finish for Easter 2017 will be one evening a week (Tuesday ) 7.00-9.30

Fees £ 260.00


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RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory (Shorebased )

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course.

This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation, meteorology skills. & collision regs

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation. The course is taught over a minimum of 40 hours with three exam papers. It can be covered as an evening class or a series of short sessions, as an intensive course, or combined with a practical course*

Course topics include:

position fixing    course shaping and plotting   tidal knowledge

use of almanacs and admiralty publications  electronic position finding equipment

taking and interpreting forecasts  plotting weather systems

weather predictions using a barometer and by observation   collision regulations

customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad


2016/7 RYA Shore-based Classes

or Sail & Power in South East London

Coastal Skipper / Yacht-master (part 2) October to March

A more advanced course in navigation and meteorology suitable for students who have already completed the elementary course, or who have a background of sailing, motor cruising or offshore racing experience.

The course is definitely not suitable for beginners    Fees £ 290.00


General; course will start before Christmas and aim to finish for Easter 2017 will be one evening a week (Wednesday ) 7.00-9.30