Day Skipper Theory

This Day Skipper Shorebased Course is designed specifically for those who wish to undertake the Yachting Day Skipper Practical Course or the Intermediate Powerboat Course.

This course can be taken either classroom-based or online. Each classroom-based lesson will be streamed online and recorded – great for busy schedules and revision – so there’s no worry about missing a lesson!

Course Outcome: For participants to be able to navigate and skipper a yacht or fast powerboat by day.

Day Skipper Theory provides a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew.


  • Seamanship
  • Coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic charts
  • Position fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
  • Weather forecasting and meteorology
  • Tides
  • Collision regulations

We provide:

  • Training Charts
  • Textbook
  • Sample Questions
  • Test Papers
  • Plotter
  • Dividers

What You’ll Need

  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Notebook.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

There are two options; either a classroom-based course (which will be streamed live and recorded), or an online course where you can work at your own pace.

See below for further information.

BOOK HERE for classroom course 

BOOK BELOW for online course


Course Options - Classroom, Hybrid or Full Online

Course times: The course runs on Saturdays from 9.30am-5pm, Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9.30pm. There’s also the option to attend remotely – check out the details below.

Classroom Course 1: January and February
This course runs on Tuesday evenings and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9.30pm each evening and Saturdays from 9.30am-5pm.

  • Tuesday 16th January (6-9.30pm)
  • Thursday 18th January (6-9.30pm)
  • Saturday 20th January (9.30am-5pm)
  • Tuesday 23rd January (6-9.30pm)
  • Thursday 25th January (6-9.30pm)
  • Saturday 27th January (9.30am-5pm)
  • Tuesday 30th January (6-9.30pm)
  • Thursday 1st February (6-9.30pm)
  • Saturday 3rd February (9.30am-5pm)
  • Tuesday 6th February (6-9.30pm)
  • Thursday 8th February (6-9.30pm)

Book here

Classroom Course 2: November
This course runs on Tuesday evenings and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 9.30pm each evening and Saturdays from 9.30am-5pm.

  • Tuesday 5th November (6-9.30pm)
  • Thursday 7th November (6-9.30pm)
  • Saturday 9th November (9.30am-5pm)
  • Tuesday 12th November (6-9.30pm)
  • Thursday 14th November (6-9.30pm)
  • Saturday 16th November (9.30am-5pm)
  • Tuesday 19th November (6-9.30pm)
  • Thursday 21st November (6-9.30pm)
  • Saturday 23rd November (9.30am-5pm)
  • Tuesday 26th November (6-9.30pm)
  • Thursday 28th November (6-9.30pm)

Course Fee: €550
Includes all course notes, books, papers.

Can’t make a lesson – Remote Attendance
We know that life can be unpredictable. Therefore, we will be streaming each lesson online live, so you can join in remotely if you need to miss a lesson. These lessons will also be recorded and be available to review in your own time.  Recordings will be available until the end of the course.

In fact, if you want you can attend the whole course remotely, please see more information below.

The remote Day Skipper Theory Course is delivered by Urban Truant, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training.

Upon booking, a website link and password will be sent to you. Please allow one business day to receive this.

You will be tutored /supported by an experienced RYA instructor.

Course Fee: €400.

The contract is between Urban Truant and the student and please note that by booking this course you agree to the terms and conditions of Urban Truant. To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with Urban Truant. This training website and database is held and maintained on a secure server. Urban Truant is an RYA training centre which specialises in online navigation training and will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course. You’ll have 6 months to complete the course, however, this can be extended on your account with Urban Truant.

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    April 1, 2018

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    September 12, 2022

    star rating  Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend for a day out or lessons. Paddle board and kayak rentals are lots of fun.

    June 1, 2020