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.  The aim of this course is to provide the background knowledge for participants to be able to navigate and skipper a yacht or fast powerboat by day. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew. There are two options; either a classroom based course (which will also be streamed live and you will have access the recording), or an online course which you work at your own pace.

Course options are either classroom based or online. New for 2023 we have a special Hybrid Classroom / Remote Course where each lesson will be streamed online and recorded – great for busy schedules and revision – so there’s no worry about missing a lesson!


  • 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.

To book this course:

Step 1:  Online payment, after which you will receive an email confirmation with a link to an online form.

Step 2:  Submission of the online form.

Your course booking will only be secured once both steps are completed.


Course Options - Classroom, Hybrid or Full Online

Spring Course: April & May 2023
Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th, Saturday 22nd, Tuesday 25th, Thursday 27th, Saturday 29th April, Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th, Saturday 6th May. The assessment will take place on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th May from 6pm each evening. 

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

Course Fee: €525
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 an evening. Equally, these recorded lessons will allow course participants to review materials again in their own time if needed. Recordings will be available until the end of the course.

In fact, if you want you can attend the whole course remotely, but please let us know in advance of lesson 1 as we’ll need to send you the course materials in this case.

The 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. The cost of the programme is €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 for €30.00 paid to the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School.

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