Competent Crew Theory Classroom Course

Day Skipper shore-based course

We have a passion for teaching others the joy of visiting new ports, whether in a sailing yacht or motor boat – it is just magical!

The entry level theory/ navigation course is actually the Day Skipper shore-based course.

This course is designed for those with little or no actual navigation training. It is for the experienced crew member and novice alike.

The course can be undertaken over 7 or 8 evenings plus a weekend, or over two and a half weekends.
The result of our policy on small class sizes is that you enjoy a great learning experience with superb pass rates.

On completion you will be able to navigate a boat in coastal waters by day. The next step is to put it into practice! For the experienced sailor that is “Day Skipper practical” and for the novice “Competent Crew”.

Small class sizes (6:1) mean you get a great learning experience.

Everything you need to complete the course is provided – even down to a pencil, rubber and pencil sharpener! Your instructor and the chief instructor are on hand between the lessons should they be needed – either by email or telephone.


  • An enthusiastic instructor who really wants to impart their knowledge to you.
  • A group of classmates who all want to learn.
  • With a maximum class size of six (6:1) you get a great learning experience.

What if I miss a bit?

This happens to us all from time to time, so we are prepared.  On day one you will be given a course schedule.  If you miss a session we can help with providing slides, online support and running catch up sessions before future classes.

The course will cover:  the basics of seamanship; the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage; chart work; 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.


You do not have to bring anything with you unless you wish to use your own equipment.  You will be provided with everything you need to successfully complete the course.

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