The RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is perfect for anybody looking to master the basics of chart work, navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and seamanship. Our classroom-based course puts you before an experienced instructor and allows you to immerse yourself in the subject over six days.

Having completed the course, you will have the knowledge and confidence to navigate a yacht in familiar waters during daylight. If you want to complete the Day Skipper Practical Course, we recommend completing the Day Skipper Theory first.

Being part of a group you will learn from others and have the benefit of seeing our safety procedures and electronic equipment we use on our yachts.

Course content includes:

  • Introduction to the chart, Latitude and Longitude, navigation equipment, books, and publications.
  • Chartwork, plotting a course.
  • Different methods to fixing your position.
  • How to use electronic chart plotters and navigational equipment.
  • Plotting an Estimated Position and a Course to Steer, taking into account tide and wind.
  • How to create a passage and pilotage plan from scratch.
  • Meteorology and how to interpret a weather forecast, and local weather effects, sea breeze, and fog.
  • I.R.P.C.S (rules of the sea)
  • Calculate tidal heights
  • Safety equipment and procedures onboard.





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What our previous customers have to say

What an absolute honour and pleasure it was being a part of Flying Fish family for the 2 weeks I completed with them! From the professional, helpful and attentive staff to fun, laughter and memories.

Monika B

Staff are amazing and so kind! Great course and great accommodation. Lovely location and an all round great friendly atmosphere.

Ossia M

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6 day(s)


Cowes, Isle of Wight


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