This course is for anyone new to sailing, motor boating, or other small powerboats, as well as experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors. It is the perfect introduction or refresher for anyone going afloat on inshore waters, and a stepping stone to the more in-depth RYA Day Skipper shorebased course.

It is a very practical course with lots of opportunities for you to try out your knowledge using the exercises provided along the way.

You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD.

16 hours, held over 6 evening sessions or two full days

Previous experience required

Course Content

  • Charts and publications
  • Safety
  • Engine checks
  • Buoyage
  • Tidal awareness
  • Visual and electronic navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Anchoring
  • Weather forecasts
  • Passage planning