The Day Skipper Theory course offers a comprehensive introduction to cruising for 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.

 

We are continually updating our 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 we 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 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, or as an intensive week-long course

Course topics include:

 

  • The basics of seamanship
    the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
    chartwork

  • Electronic charts

  • Position fixing

  • Plotting a course to steer

  • Weather forecasting and meteorology

  • Tides

  • Collision regulations

  • Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat

  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts