Day Skipper (Power) Combined 2

RYA Day Skipper

Price - £1100.00

RYA Day Skipper offers an excellent way to spend time improving your skills and knowledge of all aspects of life at sea whilst skippering a motor cruiser during short day and night time passages. This qualification is highly recommended for anyone who owns or regularly uses a motor cruiser.

In addition to the practical side of motor cruising, RYA Day Skipper helps you get the best from your modern electronic aids such as GPS and radar, and enables you to know what to do in an emergency. With expert guidance from your friendly Urban Truant instructor you will helm a motor cruiser both in close quarters situations and at high speed. You’ll practice your skippering skills, ensuring your crew are safe, happy and able to be a valuable member of your on-board team. Your navigational skills will also be tested as you plan and put into practice short and longer passages, and pilotage of busy rivers, anchorages and marinas.

Armed with your RYA Day Skipper qualification, you will feel more confident taking charge of a motor cruiser and improve your ability to deal with a range of scenarios.

2 days practical experience on a motor cruiser and a sound knowledge of basic navigational theory.
So that you can focus on developing your practical skills, it is recommended that you complete the RYA Day Skipper theory course (either online or in the classroom) before undertaking this course. We recommend you also have your SRC / VHF radio licence.
Instructor Ratio
4:1. Urban Truant is also pleased to offer lower ratios on request for those who would like more time with their instructor.
Duration4 days
  • Preparation for sea
  • High speed manoeuvres
  • Close quarters boat handling
  • Navigation
  • Passage making and pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Engines
  • Emergency situations
  • Night cruising
Ability after
You will have the knowledge and experience to skipper a motor cruiser safely and confidently with a good understanding of your ability and limitations of your crew and vessel.

RYA Day Skipper Online Theory

Price - £289.99

The RYA Day Skipper theory course covers the basic areas of navigation and seamanship. If you are planning to spend more time on the water, completing this theory course using Urban Truant's easy-to-use educational online portal will give you an essential understanding of how to remain safe at sea ... and find your way home! You can also go on to do your RYA Day Skipper practical course.

Taught over 40 hours, the course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers and provides you with the required knowledge to navigate safely. A list of modules is below and at the end of each module, you are invited to try out what you have learned with online tests. Full answers are immediately available for every test question and you can go back and re-do any part of the module - giving you confidence to move onto the next section when you know you are ready.

Once you have completed every module you are ready to sit the exam. Again, this is done from your own home or office and completed in a time limit. You will need to have your RYA training charts, books and equipment to hand, and all answers should be entered into Urban Truant's online exam form. Your submitted answers will be marked by a qualified RYA shorebased instructor within two working days (often within one working day).

Passing the course gives you ideal preparation ahead of completing the RYA Day Skipper practical course, which can also be provided by Urban Truant. We use modern yachts and insist on a low ratio of students to instructor, meaning you spend more time learning and less time waiting for others to take their turn.

Some practical experience is desirable although not essential.
Instructor Ratio
You will be assigned a dedicated RYA Yachtmaster Instructor to answer your questions.
Duration40hrs online study
Coastal navigation and pilotage
Electronic charts
Position fixing
Plotting a course to steer
Weather forecasting and meteorology
Collision regulations
Ability after
This course equips you with enough knowledge to understand how to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. Successfully gaining your certificate will enable you to confidently progress with your Day Skipper practical course.

RYA Short-Range Certificate (SRC) VHF Radio

Price - £49.99

Who would raise the alarm in a distress situation on board your boat? What if the skipper was unable to? The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is a minimum legal requirement for every British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. It’s also an essential and informative qualification for anyone who enjoys boating so that they can use a marine radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) functionality. 

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. You will learn how to use VHF/DSC radios in day-to-day routine situations – such as booking a marina berth or calling friends on board their boat. A large part of the course is also spent familiarising you with radio procedures during distress, safety and urgent situations – from making a DSC/Mayday call to reporting a container floating in the shipping lanes.

As described above, the course is split into two distinctive separate sections:

Part 1 Complete the RYA SRC/VHF Radio operator course online - 6-8 hours.

Part 2 Complete practical radio operation and theory exam.

The final exam which includes a short theory paper and practical exercises using a DSC equipped radio set takes about 1 hour to complete and must take place at an RYA Recognised Training School . You can sit this exam at our training facility based in Swanwick Marina on the river Hamble.

We always have a range of dates available and can also be arranged at a time to suit your diary requirements at our training center in Swanwick, Southampton.
3 hours of self-study before the course details of which will be included in the pack we send after you order.
Instructor Ratio
DurationOnline Study follwed by short practical exam.
  • Background information on the GMDSS system and its equipment and licensing requirements
  • Radio rules and regulations
  • Operation of marine VHF equipment including DSC functions
  • The phonetic alphabet
  • Basic radio language and protocols including pro words such as over, say again, out etc.
  • Correct use of the various channels
  • How to make calls to other stations
  • How to send a Distress Alert and Distress Message (Mayday)
  • How to send an urgency alert and a safety call
Ability after
To have the confidence and qualifications needed to use a marine radio, both in routine and emergency situations.
Total Individual Price:£1439.98 Combined Price:£1296.98

Reasons to Choose Us

We are passionate about what we do and customer service is key in everything we do. Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose us.

If you’re still not convinced give us a call and speak to one of our instructors on 01489 250 040

3:1 Instructor Ratio

With your progression as our priority, we have chosen to impose a maximum of 3 students for every course held on board one of our boats. This best practice approach to our service gives you with more time with the instructor and more time practicing your skills. It also enables you and your instructor to focus on any weaknesses ... and you'll have a cabin to yourself!

Dedicated RYA Instructor Support

We pride ourselves on using the very best instructors available. They're a friendly and experienced team who understand the importance of taking the time to ensure you fully understand what you're learning. Our shorebased tutors include Yachtmaster Instructors, examiners and instructor trainers.

Modern Training Facilities

Our training facilities in Swanwick Marina provide small groups with the perfect environment to study and learn. The room is well-equipped with full audio/visual, a large whiteboard, and plenty of space to spread our your charts. We'll also look after you during your time with us, as refreshments are included with every course, and decent coffee on tap!

Online Courses

Our exclusive 'SailingCourseOnline' portal offers an advanced way to learn at your own pace wherever you are, and works seamlessly across desktops, laptops and mobile devices. The content was specifically written to be read on a screen, with bite-sized modules, clean graphics and animations. Our team of shorebased instructors are on hand whenever you need them, and as they're additionally RYA Yachtmaster Instructors and examiners, they provide fast and knowledgeable assistance whatever your query.

Highfield RIBs

All our Powerboat training courses are delivered on our exceptionally maintained Highfield Patrol RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) which operate well at speed and close quarters maneouvres.

Once you have learnt to drive a RIB you can get access to Urban Truant's Urban Truant RIB Club.

Top Quality Yachts

Urban Truant's 41 foot yachts are equipped and furnished with training and chartering in mind. Our yachts are well-maintained and no expense is spared for all of our gear and safety equipment. We also take your comfort seriously... You'll have space to savour downtime with your own cabin and 240v sockets when connected to shorepower. Marina fees are always included with an Urban Truant experience, and enjoy complimentary use of our  lifejackets and wet weather gear.


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