RYA Day Skipper

What is special about this course?

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.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Candidates should be confident at working out simple mathematical problems. You will be required to provide your own set of navigation instruments - plotter, compasses etc.

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 life rafts

How will I study my course?

  • Short course

How long will my course last?

1 Weeks

The course is taught over 40 hours in a week with two exam papers.

Where can I study my course?

  • Mallaig

Start date

This course can be scheduled as required. Contact your college centre for information and to register your interest.

How much will my course cost?

This course costs £395.00

What funding can I apply for?

If you already have a Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account (ILA) then you can enrol on a course until 30 June 2017 as long as the course commences no later than 30 September 2017.

From October 2017, the scheme is being refreshed. For more information on how to apply for a new Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland, go to:

What can I do on completion of my course?

This is a valuable certificate to have for maritime employment.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for RYA Day Skipper

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

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