RYA Day Skipper Theory Classroom Course From £249 In Southampton

Our RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is available in a choice of formats. We only run classroom based courses because of the large amount of contact time with our experienced instructor, not just watching on screen presentations like many fully online courses offered by online only companies . We also limit our courses to just 8 students per course rather than the normal 12 students as recommended by the RYA.

We also offer the full range of supporting courses such as Advanced powerboat, Day Skipper Sail & Day Skipper Motorboat, so you can build a relationship with a single training centre.

Classroom Based Day Skipper Theory

The first being run over 5 consecutive days, the second being 2 weekends including a Friday making up the 5 days. Available at our Southampton training centre classrooms within Shamrock Quay marina with free parking.

Our course fee includes all the equipment and tools needed to successfully complete the course. Unlimited tea and coffee is included, as well as a free parking permit within Shamrock Quay for the duration of the course. Also included within the course fee is the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes student pack.

During the 5 days of the course you will work from 9am to 5pm each day ( we do stop for lunch & coffee breaks ! ) with sessions of instructor lead tuition followed by exercises to consolidate the new knowledge. Starting with safety and seamanship, then moving onto navigation and more. A small amount of homework will be given each night as we need to meet a 40 hours of tuition guideline.

Classroom vs Online RYA Theory Course

We do not offer this course online as we have found the classroom/virtual contact experience invaluable to most students. We strongly believe time in the classroom/virtual classroom with other students and our RYA Yachtmaster instructors will give you the strongest result. We feel a highly experienced and qualified instructor will explain many areas of the course more clearly than Microsoft Powerpoint or similar. Why pay an average of £300 for a computer graphics when you can have a real instructor for the same or less that will bring the subject matter to life.

Also be aware that your theory certificate from an online course will be marked as "NOT INVIGILATED"  if you take the exam at home.

It would be unsuitable in certain circumstances. Examples would include commercially endorsing a RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or chartering a yacht in tidal waters.  Please check if this is suitable for your usage if doing an online course, if in doubt do call for advice.  Some online course provides do offer a invigilated exam option, usually at an addition fee. Solent Boat Training classroom courses are always invigilated. Therefore our courses are accepted by all without restriction.

Many online providers don`t offer practical courses unlike SBT that offer the full range of courses. So our Day Skipper theory course not only covers the course syllabus but is designed to prepare you for the practical day skipper course. 

In 2022 we have also seen a big increase in students failing the day skipper practical course due to weak theory knowledge and our figures show most did online courses, so beware. Please note that an online "not invigilated" certificate can not be used to complete an RYA course action plan.

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Courses In Southampton

The RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is an introduction to navigating in familiar waters by day. You will also have a brief introduction to lights in order that you can use these to navigate by night during your Day Skipper Practical Course for power or sail. The course is also a must for those looking at taking the RYA Advanced Powerboat course.


RYA Day Skipper Theory Customer Reviews

Just completed a 5 day Day Skipper Theory, which could have been very intense and stressful with the amount of information we had to cover and learn! However our instructor Ben was very patient (extremely patient with some!), knowledgeable and had a great way of explaining complicated techniques in a variety of ways so that all of us could understand. My brain is still trying to cope with all of the new information crammed in there, so to prevent brain pain it might be better to book onto the course over two weekends which they offer, so you have five days to let some of it settle, depending on how you prefer to learn. Great week, enjoyed the accommodation on the boat (great value for money in quiet period) and very pleased with all that I have achieved and learnt in such a short space of time. Thank you for being a great first step transitioning to the yacht side of the sailing industry! I will definitely be back soon to complete the practical side of things and the added bonus of the free VHF course!

Tripadvisor 08/12/18

Just completed my Day Skipper Theory 5 day training course and looking forward to returning next month for the practical. The facilities are first class and Ben delivered the course with real passion which made us all feel at ease. Having met other members of the teaching team I'd have no hesitation in recommending Solent Boat Training to anyone who is serious about getting top quality training from friendly, knowledgeable professionals at a very competitive price.

Tripadvisor 25/02/18

Started in August 2017 with Competent Crew course (also based on TripAdvisor reviews) I have spent great week gaining loads of experience in theory and practical boat handling. Based on this I have purchased "Zero to Zero" package followed by Day Skipper theory course, VHF course and Day Skipper practical which I have finished just this week. At all times you can feel well managed business, enthusiastic, loyal and knowledgeable instructors passing their knowledge and experience to you in a friendly way. Boats are clean and maintain to high standard. Unless something happen I will strongly support this training school in the future.

Tripadvisor 10/10/17

"I have just spent 5 days split over 2 weekends doing my Day Skipper Theory Course with SBT. I decided to use them after reading reviews on here, so only fair to do the same. If you are thinking of doing it online.....don't, the classroom together with others and a very good instructor is the place to learn. Tom (2) was great to learn with and I very much enjoyed the experience, I am already booked for the practical course, again with SBT." Tripadvisor 16/10/17 

"I recently attended this course and would completely recommend using Solent Boat Charters & Training. Our instructor Matt was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and took us through quite an intense course at the right speed and with good humour. I am very pleased I chose to do this course in the classroom rather than online and that I used this company. It works well to break it up across over 2 weekends as there is a lot to take in." Tripadvisor 23/02/17

"I have just completed my 3rd course with SBT (Day Skipper Theory) having previously completed my VHF & Powerboat Level 2. During all 3 course from the moment of booking to completion SBT have been great, warm, friendly and helpful company and people. Nothing was too much trouble, the courses themselves were well taught and informative. With regard to the Day skipper Theory I did my first course of the essential Nav course (pre cursor to day skipper) on line with another provider . After doing the VHF & PB2 I looked at doing Day skipper theory and SBT do not provide this course on line and their website intro states why. Boy are they right!!!!! There is only one way (for me at least) and thats in the classroom, this provides immediate feedback and allows for the subject to be learnt clearly. You also get to interact with other students and this in its self can assist with the learning process. For me now it has shown me there is really only one way to learn this and that with others in a classroom. Thank you to all at SBT especially Sam for PB2 & VHF and Sean for DST. Special mention to Callum thanks for the support & good luck with your practical!" Tripadvisor 19/09/16

"I had thought of doing an online course, but I would recommend doing this one with face to face contact with an excellent instructor." Tripadvisor 08/02/17

Why Not Do Your Day Skipper Practical Course With Us As Well ?

With a fleet of 6 Bavaria yachts from 30ft to 49ft we really do offer an excellent range of courses, skills days and mileage builders. We firmly believe do other training centre has a wealth of resources including our 7 full time Yachtmaster instructors.

RYA Day Skipper Course Syllabus

Subjects covered include:

The Basics of Seamanship
The Essentials of Coastal Navigation and Pilotage
Chart Work & Electronic Charts
Position Fixing
Plotting a Course to Steer
Weather Forecasting & Meteorology
Collision Regulations
Emergency & Safety Procedures including Distress Calls, the use of Flares, Safety Harnesses, Lifejackets and Liferafts

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* RYA VHF Radio courses need to be booked separately.