RYA Day Skipper theory in Zurich without travelling abroad or sacrificing annual leave!

RYA Day Skipper Theory is a course in basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology. It is an essential precursor to the Day Skipper practical course and is common to both sail and motor.

The RYA Day Skipper qualification is increasingly becoming the minimum standard required to skipper a boat in the Mediterranean, either on flotilla or especially for bareboat charter, and it is not possible to pass the practical course without demonstrating knowledge of the subjects covered in the theory course.

These subjects include: seamanship, including terminology, ropework, safety, the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (colregs), navigation including chart familiarisation, use of chart instruments, the compass, position fixing, tides and tidal streams, passage planning, pilotage and basic meteorology.

Thanks for the very effective yet relaxed teaching method you employed to make us understand and assimilate so much in only 5 days. I truly enjoyed the learning and am now looking forward to doing the practical part of the Day Skipper certification.


In short, on completion of the Day Skipper Theory course you will possess the theoretical knowledge you need to navigate a small craft safely by day in familiar waters.

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Cloud Nine Sailing runs the RYA Day Skipper Theory course as an intensive course over 4 long or 5 shorter days. Day Skipper group courses need a minimum of 3 people to run, but the maximum class size is limited to just 6 people to ensure more individual attention.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be issued with an RYA Day Skipper shorebased course completion certificate. We can also supply an RYA G158 log book for CHF 20.00 on request.

Prior knowledge required: none, other than fluent English. However around 5 days’ previous experience on a yacht (e.g. Competent Crew or equivalent) is strongly recommended.

Cost: CHF 1490 inc. VAT per person in a group of min. 3 people; contact us for private pricing
Course duration: 40 hours over 4 or 5 days
Price includes: RYA Day Skipper student pack (includes exercises, course notes book, training charts, exam papers), RYA Training Almanac, Portland plotter and dividers set, together worth CHF 95.00, as well as the exams at the end of the course and certificate on successful completion.
Please bring: 2B pencil and rubber, pen & notepad, enthusiasm.
Assessment: 2 exam papers (chartwork paper & general paper (colregs, safety, meteorology etc.))
Students are responsible for their own lunch but there are plenty of restaurants within just a couple of minutes’ walk. Refreshments are available in the course venue.

A 10% discount is available to returning clients and to groups of 4 or more people booking together.

Course dates:
We run Day Skipper theory courses at various times through the year; most people generally prefer to do their classroom work in the winter so there is usually a course around November and February each year. However we will put together a course whenever we have 3 people to make up a group. We can also offer the course on a private or semi-private basis, or as a “fast-track” option combined with the Day Skipper practical course over 2 weeks on our yacht.

Courses can also be run in the Romandie and Ticino if there is sufficient demand and/or on request for private groups that can fill the minimum capacity.

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