Shorebased Theory

Algarve, Portugal
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I took the 2 days course with Rob and was very impressed by his way of teaching. He’s very calm and gentle, speaks slowly and clearly, which was important for me as a foreigner to english! He took his time to repeat every part that was needed to be, without putting pressure on me. He also let us experience our own fault and interacts only when really needed. Great job, Rob, Thanks!
Philippe, Switzerland

There are quite a few shorebased theory options on offer, the most suitable course for you is dependant on your particular requirements and experience to date.

Below are some of the more popular courses, please contact us to help you find out a solution that works for you.

Theory courses are usually limited to 4 students and all materials needed for the course will be included.

Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Course 

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.  This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

The course is taught over 40 hours plus two exam papers.  There will be homework as well, about an hour or 2 each evening. It can be covered as a series of shorter sessions ( recommended ), as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Course topics include:

  • 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


Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore

Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.

This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills.

The course is taught over 48 hours to allow time for three exam papers, there will be homework as well. It can be covered as a series of short sessions (recommended) or over 6 days.

Course topics include:

  • position fixing
  • course shaping and plotting
  • tidal knowledge
  • use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • electronic position finding equipment
  • taking and interpreting forecasts
  • plotting weather systems
  • weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • collision regulations
  • customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad