Study over two weekends
Day Skipper Navigation Theory Course
We schedule the Day Skipper/Watch Leader navigation theory weekends either side the practical sailing, or practical motor courses, (see the COMBO options in the menu). The theory course forms part of the COMBO training and is ideal as the new navigation skills are put into practice straight away, as soon as you step onboard. In order to successfully complete the full Day Skipper sailing, or Day Skipper motor certificate the navigation course is advised by the RYA.
You can join this course without taking the practical course mid-week. As a level of navigation theory knowledge to Day Skipper Watch Leader standard is a pre-requisite for Yachtmaster exam prep, we welcome all who are progressing in their learning and skills base.
The first weekend will concentrate on areas of the well-established syllabus that can be put into practice during the practical week: elements of pilotage, chart work, passage planning, seamanship and collision regulations. The subjects such as GPS and electronic navigation will be managed onboard, in real time, using real equipment.
The second weekend covers the international skills of navigation in tidal waters, plus the written assessment papers where you can prove your new knowledge and achieve the course completion certificate.
*Dates and timings may be subject to change at our discretion. We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule.
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I completed the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course in late May 2018 with Aigua Sea School and it was excellent. I booked the course a few days before it was due to start as I just finished a incredibly long delivery not knowing when I was going to arrive in Palma.
Due to the fact that 3 students pulled out of the course a few days before it was incredible that Aigua didn’t cancel the course and I was the only student remaining with one on one tuition from Simon Bradshaw.
Simon is an incredibly knowledgeable instructor who conveys a deep passion in the course he teaches. He is incredibly patient when I was coming to grips with the course content in the first few days. The approach to course was practical as we perfected the use of the sextant and even went out in the Bay of Palma to make the sun sights. Not only that he is willing to provide guidance when I finally do the ocean passage. I highly recommend Simon as an instructor.
With the extremely high level of customer service from Linda, John Paul and Rachel it’s completely understandable why Aigua Sea School is a top class RYA school with consistent high levels of feedback from previous students. My only regret is that I didn’t go to Aigua Sea School to do my Yachtmaster Offshore and other RYA courses.
A truely top class institution!
I made it back to Hong Kong (with my plotter and all my luggage…) and have been relaxing (much needed) and reflecting back on those intense but very rewarding two weeks at Aigua.
It’s been a demanding pace and a lot of hard work indeed stepping up to your and RYA’s high standards (considering my starting point just a few decimal places above zero…), but I cannot thank you enough for having prepared me so well for both the theory and practical exams.
By the eve of the practical exam weekend, I was very pleased and satisfied with what I had learned. Regardless of the verdict from the RYA examiner, I just simply felt I was now a much better sailor and, more importantly, had gained a lot more confidence in doing so. Passing the practical exam was just the cherry on the sundae!
My only regret is not having had enough time to enjoy and visit Palma, which only means I shall be back some day.
In the meantime, all my thanks to you all, not only for your professionalism and dedication, but for being just great people.
I am glad that I have chosen Aigua Sea School, and shall definitely recommend it to everyone!
PS – Special thanks to John – please wish him all the best and a real nice time in Madagascar, and the best of luck in finding a properly draught pint of Guinness there!
I loved the Yachtmaster course 100%. I did theory before at another school but it was a lot better at Aigua, you guys are a lot more open-minded and don’t assume that we know everything, John was a great teacher!
You guys at Aigua were an absolute pleasure to take the course with, our theory with John was extremely thorough.