RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

@ Weston Bay Yacht Club

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. (RYA)

We hope to be running this course at the club over 5/6 consecutive Sundays (9am-5pm) again this year, if you are interested in a place please email Steve.

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 life rafts

Cost of course:  £ 200 (max)

This fee is based on 6 participants enrolling and is well below the market rate.  If more than 6 individuals attend the course (max 10) the fee will be reduced accordingly and you will receive a refund.  The fee includes: exam papers, certification, course notes and practice almanac.  The only additional materials required will be a plotter and a pair of dividers (available from instructor for £20)

With limited availability, places will be secured on a first come, first served basis.  For more information please contact: 

Steve Caiger07813111592  email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

We are always on the lookout for opportunities to run the Shorebased RYA Day Skipper Theory course. Please see Day Skipper Course for details.

Space is limited, and filling up fast. If you are interested in coming along, please let us know - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




The club can be hard to find if you don't know where to look. It is signposted, but finding the signs isn't easy either.

The clubhouse is roughly here...

Google Map Centered on Club

There are two ways to get to the club house - by car or by foot. Either way, the journey starts at the end of Links Road.

By car, you'll find a gate across the road. On club nights, this will normally be open, but seldom before 20:00. Go through the gate and onto the beach. Turn sharp left, and drive 500 metres or so. You will soon see the club house.

By foot, you'll find a path at the end of Links Road that the golf club uses to access a couple of their greens. Go through the gate, and along the path. As soon as you can, get up onto the path that you'll find at the top of the beach wall. Walk along the path, away from Weston, and you will find yourself walking towards a bush. Just as you get to this bush, you will find some steps that lead to the back door of the clubhouse.

Come off the M5 at junction 21 on the A370 and head towards Weston super Mare.
Follow the signs for Seafront and Uphill.

Google Map Centered on Club

The route is well signposted for the beach - continue onto the beach itself. 
Once on the beach, turn left, drive along the sands, close to the beach wall.
If there are tyre tracks to follow, you'll get an idea of where the soft spots are. Otherwise, please be prepared for soft sand now and again.
Do not stray too close to the river. Soft, wet sand quickly transitions to soft, wet and deep mud.  (Don't walk on the mud either!)

The clubhouse is the building you'll find on the beach ahead of you!