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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course   iCal entry for this event


This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day and is therefore essential if you are planning to do your Day Skipper practical course. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. No previous knowledge is required, but we do cover a lot of ground, so if you are new to sailing larger boats, please ensure you put all the dates in your diary, as you will be expected to catch up with anything you may have missed. All students will have access to a dropbox so they can catch up with any slides and exercises. 

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 liferafts

It will be run as an evening class at Bowmoor Sailing Club, Lechlade on Wednesday evenings from 1930 – 2130, for 22 weeks from 2 Oct to 25 Mar. Dates are as follows:

Oct 2, 9,16

Oct 23 and 30 – half term no training

Nov 6,13,20,27

Dec 4,11, 18

Dec 25 and Jan 1 - Christmas break – no training

Jan 8,15,22,29

Feb 5, 12, 19, 26

Mar 4,11,


Assessments: Mar 18, 25


In previous years, there has also been the opportunity for weekends away to build confidence (and miles!)  before the practical course, this is an extra and not part of the course itself.

Cost £250



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Description Date Start time End time Availability Places
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22 week course 04-10-2017 19:30 21:30 closed full £250
22 week course 02-10-2018 closed 3 £250
22 week course 02-10-2019 closed full £250