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Portland Plotter Set

A Portland Plotter & dividers are required for the Day Skipper theory course. If you have them, great. If you can borrow a set, even better. If you need to buy some, you get a 20% discount on our standard price.

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Course dates & times:

Wednesday evenings (1800hrs – 2130hrs) from 3rd November to 9th February

3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th November

8th & 15th December

5th, 12th, 19th & 26th January

2nd & 9th February.

Day Skipper Theory course overview

You’ll learn about boat safety, charts and navigation techniques including integrated navigation using both paper and electronic chart plotter (GPS) tools.

Whilst building on the Essential Navigation course, many people start with the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course. You will develop skills to enable you to navigate safely in familiar waters during the day whilst being introduced to the factors to consider when making a passage at night. You’ll learn how to plan and prepare for a day on the water including understanding weather forecasts (meteorology) and passage and pilotage planning. You’ll also cover topics such as coastal navigation, tidal considerations and chart plotting techniques such as course to steer.

The course also covers safety equipment including the correct distress procedures and, importantly, the ‘rules of the road’. For the full syllabus, click here. This is a great way to build on your existing knowledge or to get you started in the world of safe seamanship and navigation. On successful completion of the course, you’ll be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Theory certificate.

Marcus is an engaging trainer and uses his obvious copious knowledge to make the course both valuable and accessible. I personally valued the classroom setting together with the online access to module material. Thanks, Marcus.

Our 5 star rated Day Skipper course, run and supported by a muti-Fastnet Race skipper, will provide you with the confidence to take the next step in your sailing journey. Whatever your experience, as the course reviews will tell you, this carefully curated delivery layers the knowledge required to get you confidently navigating. There’s a focus on ensuring you stay safe whilst using practical, real-world examples to ensure you navigated efficiently.

Marcus is an excellent teacher and the course was perfectly balanced with technical information and instruction, as well as being fun and most importantly practical, which left me feeling confident and wanting to learn more and sail as soon as possible. I will miss the Tuesday night lessons. Thank you Marcus!

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to find out more or want to confirm this is the right course for you.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running our classroom-based courses using Zoom. We follow the same format as we would if attending a classroom course, but you can participate in the comfort & safety of your own home!

The course comes with the same suite of online resources we use for our classroom course, designed to support you between sessions, including online exercises, to re-enforce the topics that have been discussed during the lesson.

You will need a reasonable internet connection as we stream the instructor-led lessons live. Using Zoom, you are able to interact with the instructor, ask questions and get the support you need to successfully complete the course.

You can join the sessions using your desktop, tablet or mobile devices, however, we recommend having a tablet-sized screen or above in order to easily view the instructor-shared assets.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Syllabus

A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn to start making decisions on board.

1. Nautical terms

  • Parts of a boat and hull
  • General nautical terminology

2. Ropework

  • Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use

3. Anchorwork

  • Characteristics of different types of anchor
  • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring

4. Safety

  • Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use (see RYA Boat Safety Handbook, C8)
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejacketsd.
  • Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephonee.
  • Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue

5. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

  • Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)
  • General rules (all other rules)

6. Definition of position, course and speed

  • Latitude and longitude
  • Knowledge of standard navigational terms
  • True bearings and courses
  • The knot

7. Navigational charts and publications

  • Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
  • Navigational publications in common use
  • Chart correction

8. Navigational drawing instruments

  • Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments

9. Compass

  • Application of variation
  • Awareness of deviation and its causes
  • Use of hand-bearing compass

10. Chartwork

  • Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
  • Techniques of visual fixing
  • Satellite-derived positions
  • Use of waypoints to fix position
  • Course to steer

11. Tides and tidal streams

  • Tidal definitions, levels and datum
  • Tide tables
  • Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
  • Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork

12. Visual aids to navigation

  • Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics

13. Meteorology

  • Sources of broadcast meteorological information
  • Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft
  • Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts

14. Passage planning

  • Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passagesb. Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
  • Use of waypoints on passaged. Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
  • Keeping a navigational

15. Navigation in restricted visibility

  • Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog

16. Pilotage

  • Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines
  • IALA system of buoyage for Region A
  • Use of sailing directions
  • Pilotage plans and harbour entry

17. Marine environment

  • Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment
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    Adrian (verified owner)

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    Thanks to Marcus for running a great course. Marcus was very methodical about the way we went through the course and moving away from the the traditional format and starting with chart work and navigation really helped as we went forward through the course.

    I would recommend.

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    James McCormick (verified owner)

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    Having completed the day skipper course with Marcus I highly recommend Polka Sailing. The combination of 6 evening classes and a weekend session gave me time to consolidate the information using Polkas own unique online learning modules before the next class. There is a lot of information to take in on the day skipper course, but Marcus has the course well structured. His enthusiastic teaching and support were much appreciated and he has a talent for breaking down, what at first may seem a complicated process, into simple and easy to understand parts- Even the shipping forecast now makes sense! Thank you Marcus!

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    Belinda Hart (verified owner)

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    Marcus explains everything really clearly and at a speed that is neither too fast nor too slow. I wondered how it would be doing the course on zoom but have been pleasantly surprised at how effective it was. Thanks very much for a great course well developed and delivered.

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    Russ Green (verified owner)

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    This is a great online course , Marcus is friendly patient and knowledgeable . I would highly recommend .

  5. Zoom: Starting 3rd November 8

    David Ness (verified owner)

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    Marcus led a very informative 14 session online course. I found it most enjoyable and will use many of the lessons learned in the future. Would I recommend it ? Absolutely…..