Day Skipper

Day Skipper. Our Day Skipper course runs over 7 weeks, one night a week from 1830 to 2130 and then a weekend, Saturday 0930 to 1730 and Sunday 0930 to 1330. The cost is £450 per person plus £25 if you require a set of dividers and a plotter. All the material you will require for the course is included – the RYA Day Skipper pack with 2 charts, a Day Skipper booklet, an Exercise Book, a CD Rom Chart Plotter, a Training Almanac and the Westview Day Skipper notes folder, including the schedule for the course and a list of the weekly homework, plus the answers to the homework questions. Students also get free access to the Tutorial Videos for the duration of the course.

Day Skipper Course content. Nautical terms; Types of Sailing Yacht; Parts of the Yacht; Types of Motor Vessels; Parts of the Motor Vessel; Sailing Theory; Ropework; Anchorwork; Safety; International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisons at Sea (IRPCS); Position, Course and Speed; Charts and Publications; The Compass; Magnetic Variation; Deviation; Tides and Tidal Streams; The Tidal Hour; Dead Reckoning; Estimated Position; Course To Steer; GPS; Waypoints; Visual Aids to Navigation; Tidal Heights at Standard Ports, Secondary Ports; The Running Fix; Weather; Passage Planning; Pilotage; Navigation in Restricted Visibility; The Marine Environment.


Courses are taught by Duncan Wells, author of ‘Stress-Free Sailing’, ‘Stress-Free Motorboating’ plus the forthcoming ‘Stress-Free Navigation’ and features writer for Yachting Monthly, Practical Boat Owner and Sailing Today and are held at the Community Centre in Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks.


Dates & Times

Our next course starts Thursday 3rd October 2019. Dates and times are as follows;
Thursday 3rd Oct 1830 – 2130
Thursday 10th Oct 1830 – 2130
Thursday 17th Oct 1830 – 2130
Thursday 24th Oct 1830 – 2130
Thursday 31st Oct 1830 – 2130
Thursday 7th Nov 1830 – 2130
Thursday 14th Nov 1830 – 2130
Saturday 16th Nov 0930 – 1730
Sunday 17th Nov 0930 – 1330

To book a place call 01753 890555 or email