RYA Day Skipper THEORY (2 days + 3 days)

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RYA Day Skipper THEORY (2 days + 3 days)

Girls For Sail Verdict

Short on time? Busy at work? We have just the best excuse to get that Day Skipper theory out of the way in between your busy schedules! Do your theory over 2 weekends (2+3 days) and gain that navigation knowledge you've been missing! 

Starts: 10am each day @ the GFS office, Cowes.

Consecutive weekends: Weekend 1 is on Saturday & Sunday. Weekend 2 is Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Finishes: Ends each day at 5pm. Please be prepared for homework :)

What our girls had to say

""I came after having a very upsetting experience of day skipper theory and was incredibly nervous. Everyone was lovely and made me feel very welcome, right from the initial phone call. Amazing - thank you so much! Not only have I got through the qualification, but you have helped me regain my confidence!"


About The Event

This course teaches you all the necessary pilotage and chart work skills to navigate your boat and crew safely, and with confidence, as well as covering subjects such as weather and the practical considerations to skippering a boat.  We run this 5 day course over 2 CONSECUTIVE weekends (a 2-day weekend followed by a 3-day weekend) - perfect if you're short of holiday and can't take five whole days out of the office!

Weekend One: Saturday, Sunday

Weekend Two: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

What does the day skipper theory syllabus cover?

  • Chartwork
  • The Compass
  • Safety and Rules of the Road
  • Passage Planning
  • Weather
  • Tides
  • Pilotage

What experience do I need?

We do recommend that you have completed at least 5 days on board a yacht as crew or have completed your RYA Competent Crew course before signing up to the Day Skipper theory - you will find it far easier to put the theory you'll cover into context if you have some practical experience before you start!

If you would like to find out more about our Competent Crew courses, please click here or have a look at our drop down menu of courses under the RYA tab at the top of this page.

What’s included?

  • Professional RYA qualified Skipper/Instructor
  • Day Skipper theory pack
  • Certificate on completion
  • 5 day course 

What's excluded?

  • You will need a plotter and set of dividers - you can borrow these from us or buy your own set (highly recommended) from us on the day. 
  • Shore-based accommodation - ask us for recommendations!

About Cowes 

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling it's resident population multifold.

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.

We're based at Shepards Wharf, a marina just down the road from our office. It's a friendly Marina which hosts a lot of different boats from just about everywhere! 





Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • We use dedicated RYA qualified instructors on all of our courses
  • You can use our plotters and other equipment free of charge in our classroom-based courses
  • And of course you are completely ready to take your pratical with either course! Plus you could navigate your way in any water! 

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