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Day Skipper Theory

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.

595 euros

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Pre Course Requirements

It is recommended that you have some sailing experience prior to attending a Day Skipper Theory Course, although not mandatory.


What to Bring

You don’t need to bring anything, we sell portland chart plotters and dividers 😊

The course takes place over 5 days in our purpose-built, air-conditioned classroom just metres from the marina in Marbella.

The course price includes all books, materials & training Alamanac.

The course can be taken over 2 weekends Friday to Sunday and the following Saturday and Sunday.  Or, Monday to Friday to suit your circumstances.


Course Syllabus

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as an intensive week-long course, or the weekend before your Day Skipper Practical and the following weekend after your practical course.


The Course Syllabus includes:

  • 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


What's Included

For 595 Euros, there are no hidden extras with Marbella Sailing & Power; our price for the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course includes Portland Plotter, Dividers, Training Almanac and all the books you need.

  • Tea, coffee, water, and biscuits every day of the course.

  • Plotter and Dividers (yours to keep)

  • Pencils, pencil sharpener and eraser

  • RYA Charts and Almanac

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory Certificate on successful completion of the course and exam


Post Course

After being awarded your Day Skipper Theory Certificate you will be ready to take on the RYA Day Skipper Practical! As a Day Skipper, you will have the knowledge and skills to skipper a yacht in familiar waters during the day.


RYA Day Skipper Theory

Our RYA Day Skipper Theory Course introduces and builds the student up to a competent level of navigation of a small craft. The course includes position plotting, allowing for tides, interpreting lights and shapes used and understanding the rules of the road that apply to all vessels.

595 Euros

See Our Full Range Of Courses

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Marbella Sailing School is not just about being out on the water. Part of the RYA curriculum includes theory-based courses and vital skill training including First Aid & VHF Courses.

View all of our practical courses right here. Take to the sea and discover the joys of yachting while learning from experienced instructors who will make sure you learn & most importantly, have a good time.

For those looking to go from Zero to Hero, look no further than our Fast Track programs. Each one individually designed for your needs, whether it be for Charter or Professional work within the maritime industry.