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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for new skippers.

Classes are held at West Mersea Yacht Club in convivial surroundings and in a relaxed manner, we believe students benefit from the opportunity to discuss and learn in this forum.

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.

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

Next Dates

Our winter course for 2023//24 was oversubscribed, to register an interest for autumn 2024 please contact us.


£225 for Members, £250 for non-members, 18-25 yrs inclusive £125

Ian Low

Mel Daniels

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