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Day Skipper Theory Course

John Monteith will again run this popular RYA Day Skipper shore-based course over the winter at the club.


The course is 40 hrs in total plus some homework and time for the exam.


To make it viable we need at least 10 people. The course will be run over an introductory evening and three weekends, in the winter. 


The cost – if we get 10 people or more will be £250.00- which includes: Tuition, Day Skipper Student pack (see below), Training Almanac, Rules of the Road, and Portland Course plotter and Divider Kit.


You may wish to purchase other books, and these can be purchased through the club at a slightly reduced rate. You can order these at the introductory evening when some of the books will be on display. If you already have any of the above, the cost will be adjusted.


Course Details:

The purpose of the Day Skipper Course is to give students the background knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.


The course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers, providing the knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. Some practical experience of sailing is desirable. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.  The skills required to navigate from port to port and moor up are similar the world over; important differences in the circulation of weather systems between the Southern and Northern Hemisphere and of buoyage between the Eastern and Western Hemisphere will be covered.  The course will include:

  • Basics of seamanship.

  • 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 life rafts.


The course is for a maximum of 14 students and lasts for 40 hours with a further about 14 hours of ‘homework’ and time for exams.


 The following are included in the cost of the course:

  • Day Skipper Pack.  RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes – (RYA Code DSAP). – which includes the following

    • RYA Training Charts (3 and 4).

    • Day Skipper and Watch Leader Northern Hemisphere - Exercises and Course Information.

    • RYA electronic chart plotter redemption voucher

  • Training Almanac North (TAN)

  • Rules of the Road (ZS09)

  • Portland Plotter and dividers (PCPD)



Students may wish to buy the optional items:

  • RYA Navigation Handbook – Tim Bartlett (G6) - £17.50

  • RYA Weather Handbook – G133 -£16.50)

  • Sail Cruising and Yachtmaster Scheme – your logbook (G 158 or past edition) - £6.50

  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea G2 – £11.00

  • Symbols and Abbreviations -NP5001- £18.50




Where: The classes will take place at the St Andrews Sailing Club clubhouse

When:  Dates - Introductory evening plus 3 weekends

  • Introductory Evening: Wednesday 5th February 20 (1900-2100)

  • 1st Weekend: 8th and 9th February 2020 (0900-1600)

  • 2nd Weekend: 22nd and 23rd February 2020 (0900-1600)

  • 3rd Weekend: 7th and 8th of Marck 2020 (0900-1600)

Depending on uptake a course will run on the following dates:

  • Introductory Evening: Wednesday 5th February 20 (1900-2100)

  • 1st Weekend: 15th and 16th February 2020 (0900-1600)

  • 2nd Weekend: 29th February and 1st March 2020 (0900-1600)

  • 3rd Weekend: 7th and 8th of Marck 2020 (0900-1600)


Flexibility of Attendance.  If there is sufficient take-up to run Group B then you may ask to attend the alternative dates for Weekend 1 and 2.  Should you miss either Weekend 1 or 2 the instructor can meet up at a mutually convenient time.


Express interest in the course using the form below:




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