Day Skipper Theory – Program Description

  • A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers
  • Equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day
  • Basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising
  • Courses are continually updated to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats
  • Chart plotter, specifically developed in conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office for use on training courses, gives a realistic insight into electronic navigation; use of the plotter is an integral part of the Day Skipper shorebased course
  • Northern and southern hemisphere versions of our training materials are available; the course can be tailored for any location in the world
  • Taught over 40 hours with two exam papers
  • Also available online

Course Topics

  • 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