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The RYA Day Skipper Theory course provides a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.

By the end of the week you should have the theoretical knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

It is recommended you complete this course prior to doing the RYA Day Skipper practical course.

Key learning points: seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides and collision regulations.

This course is classroom based.


Please bring with you

  • Notebook
  • Pens
  • 2B pencils (chartwork)
  • Plotters - Available to purchase at the centre on arrival
  • Dividers - Available to purchase at the centre on arrival



Plas Menai fully supports the government guidelines on the current Covid-19 situation. Following Government advice, we have everything in place to operate safely and follow these guidelines.

  • Pre book your adventure online. Booking in advance is essential. We cannot accommodate walk in bookings.
  • A booking confirmation will be sent out to your email address including all information you will need before arriving at the centre.
  • Waivers are online only; a link will be included in your email confirmation for you to complete on your own computer or phone. If we do not receive a completed waiver from you and additional participants, we cannot take you on your activity.
  • Arrive 10 mins before your adventure start time and wait in your vehicle where your instructor will meet you.
  • If you have your own wetsuits it is preferable to bring them, if not, our instructors will allocate your wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet that will have all been cleaned within manufacturer guidelines.

During this time, we have had to adapt areas of our service to ensure staff and customers are kept safe. Find out how we are reopening safely here.


The Next Steps: This course provides the background knowledge required to undertake the RYA Day Skipper practical course. 


Recommended Reading

International Regulations for Prevention of Collisons at Sea (G2)

RYA Navigation Book (G6)

RYA Navigation Exercises (G7)

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Course Information

Duration: 5 days 

Time: 09.15-17.00

Minimum standard: Some practical experience is desirable

Minimum Age: 16yrs.

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