RYA Shorebased Courses

With courses for novices to the advanced Yachtmaster syllabus there is something for everyone.  We ensure our courses are informative, enjoyable and have a relaxed atmosphere.


Essential Navigation and Seamanship

A superb introduction to the basic knowledge required prior to going afloat.  This course is aimed at anyone using small boats for work or pleasure. No previous experience is required.

The course introduces fundamental elements of navigation, identifying chart symbols, measuring distancing and bearings, working out your position, using latitude and longitude or with a compass.  The course also looks at interpreting weather and tidal information, the International Regulations for Collision at Sea, distress and sea safety.  

It is a great little course and a perfect follow up to the RYA Powerboat Level 2 course.  It is also perfect for anyone looking at taking the RYA Dinghy Instructor course or Dayskipper Theory course in the future.


Course dates: 7 & 8 September.  10am – 5pm each day.
Course fee: £199 inc VAT and course materials.


RYA Dayskipper Theory

This course equips would-be and experienced skippers with enough knowledge, at least in theory, to take charge of a yacht.  It is invaluable if you want to start making decisions on board, planning trips away, plotting your route and if you are considering taking the Dayskipper Practical course.  The course requires about forty hours of study.  No prior knowledge or previous experience is required.

The course content includes a comprehensive introduction to nautical charts, methods of fixing your position, calculating tidal streams to work out your estimated position and to plot a course to steer.  Tidal heights, weather forecasts, collision regulations, GPS use form shorter sections and add essential knowledge of seamanship to the art of navigation.  The course concludes with considerations for safety at sea and coping with an emergency

2019 dates: Saturdays (9am – 5pm) and Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9pm) from 13th April to 4th May.

Course fee: £299 including VAT, RYA course packs and all course materials.

RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Theory

The RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course is an advanced course that builds on the knowledge gained on the Dayskipper Theory course. It is aimed at sailors and motor boaters who are looking to undertake more complex passages perhaps offshore or at night. This course is a must for those looking to work toward taking the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.

It is an intensive course covering advanced navigation techniques including position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge including secondary port calculations, navigation in restricted visibility, pilotage, interpretation of weather forecasts and weather prediction at sea.  The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea are covered in detail and you will also learn more about yacht stability and safety offshore.

The semi-intensive format of this course ensures you receive plenty of additional tuition and support during the classes and allows time for personal study and revision between sessions.  At 7th Wave we offer a relaxed, easy going learning environment, building your confidence and knowledge in an enjoyable way.

There are three assessment papers, chartwork, weather and IRPCS, to be completed during the course.  Prior knowledge to Dayskipper standard is essential.

2019 course dates: TBC