Essential Navigation

Length- 2 Days

Cost- £190  Price includes all necessary publications

Max Instructor Ratio- 1:6


This course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and works well in complementing RYA on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses.

It's a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice. If you decide to take the course online, you will find many interactive exercises to help reinforce the information and lots of chances to try out what you've learned.


Course topics include:

Charts and Publications


Engine checks


Tidal awareness

Visual and electronic navigation


Rules of the road


Weather forecasts

Passage planning


You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, plotter, dividers, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter CD. In the classroom, the course is taught over 16 hours (2 Days) with exercises to complete along the way.

Day Skipper Theory

Length- 5 Days     

Cost- £360  Price includes all necessary publications and free plotting instruments!          Max Instructor Ratio- 1:6


A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers.


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.


This can be taken as a 5 day course, or over 3 weekends. We can also offer Evening Classes on occasions.

Yacht Master Theory

Length- 6 Days or 3 Weekends

Cost- £440

Max Instructor Ratio- 1:6 

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.


This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal and Yachtmaster™ Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.


The course is taught over 40 hours with three exam papers. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques. 


Course topics include:

  • Position fixing

  • Course shaping and plotting

  • Tidal knowledge

  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications

  • Electronic position finding equipment

  • Taking and interpreting forecasts

  • Plotting weather systems

  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation

  • Collision regulations

  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad


This can be taken as a 6 day course, or over 3 weekends. 


We can also arrange for one-to-one tuition on certain courses. Contact us for prices and availability