Adult Sailing

Day Skipper Shorebased

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.

If you're looking for a quick online introduction to navigation and seamanship, try the Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course.

Day Skipper Theory Course Syllabus

  • Seamanship
  • Position Fixing
  • Plotting Courses to Steer
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Collision Regulations

We provide:

  • Training Charts
  • Textbook
  • Sample Questions
  • Test Papers
  • Plotter (classroom course only)
  • Dividers (classroom course only)

What to Bring

  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Notebook.

What a graduate thinks...

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course from start to finish. Most of the material was very new to me but I felt the delivery was excellent and you presented it in such a way that it was easy to understand and absorb while keeping it interesting" - Gerry, passed November 2018

Course Options | Online or Classroom


Online Day Skipper Theory Course

The Day Skipper Theory Course is delivered by Navathome, 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 recieve this.

You will be tutored /supported by an experienced RYA instructor. The cost of the programme is €400.

The contract is between and the student and please note that by booking this course you agree to the terms and conditions of Navathome available here. To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with Navathome via This training website and database is held and maintained on a secure server. Navathome 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. Please review the full details of this here. 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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Upon booking, you'll recieve an email confirming your booking. You'll receive a second email with your login details within one business day, and your course materials within three business days.

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You can also book by calling our team on 01 2844195. Please ensure to have read our terms and conditions prior to enrolling.

Classroom Day Skipper Theory Course

2021 Course 3: Special Week Long Course: Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm each day

  • October: Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th, Friday 8th

2021 Course 4: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm-10pm and Saturdays 9am-5pm

  • November: Tuesday 2nd, Thursday 4th, Saturday 6th, Tuesday 9th, Thursday 11th, Saturday 13th, Tuesday 16th, Thursday 18th, Saturday 20th

Course Fee - €499: Includes a hot cooked meal on the evening lessons if needed, all course notes, books, papers and complimentary tea and coffee.

Amendments to bookings due to COVID-19

  • In light of the current situation, we have significantly relaxed our booking terms and conditions. If courses cannot run due to issues relating to COVID-19 we will move bookings without penalty, or refund fees where a suitable alternative cannot be found.
  • Please see the current schedule alterations here.
  • If you make a future booking, please be reassured that if the course is unable to go ahead due to restrictions extending beyond the current restrictions we will reschedule the course to a time of your convenience or refund the fees.

Can't make a lesson?

We know that life, especially there days can be unpredictable. Therefore, we'll be streaming each lesson online while it's running live, so you can join in remotely if you need to miss an evening. Equally, these recorded lessons will allow course participants review materials again in their own time if needed.

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You can book by calling our team on 01 2844195. Please ensure to have read our terms and conditions prior to enrolling. Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

Free Electronic Navigation Introduction

Why not watch this 10 minute introduction to Electronic Navigation presented by chief instructor Kenneth Rumball.

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