Format Options

Intensive Courses at Chatham:
5 Days (Mon – Fri, 0900 – 1700) or

2.5 Weekends (eg Sat, Sun + Sat, Sun, + Sat (0900 – 1700))

Combined Day Skipper Theory and Practical at Chatham:
9 Days (Theory: Sat to Tue 0900 – 1700 in classroom. Practical: 1800 Tue – 1500 Sunday on the yacht)   Full details here.

Hybrid Course – Home Study AND 15 hours of on-line Video Teaching and Tutorials:
Complete Home study materials provided.  And 9 Video classes (3 per week – 1830 – 2000).
Full details here. This is the optimum choice during the current COVID19 restrictions.  Series Start Dates on 27 April (you can join late), 18 May and every 3 weeks after that..

Home Study (Distance Learning)  Comprehensive Home study materials provided.
Full details here.

What’s Included

For all course formats the following items are included in the price:  RYA Study Pack including practice charts, exercises, RYA Course Notes booklet and a USB Stick with answers to the RYA exercises and a complete animated course presentations so you can study effectively at home.

Navigation Instruments

You will need a Portland Plotter and Dividers.   For classroom courses at Chatham we make these available free of charge on loan.  For hybrid courses involving evening classes you need to bring your own or buy them on the first evening – £25.  For Distance Learning or Hybrid courses including on-line video classroom sessions you can add these to the order – £25 and we will send them to you with the study pack.

Full details of all options – see downloadable PDF

Previous Knowledge/Experience

None essential but some boating experience (eg a competent crew course or helmsman course) is desirable.  Some prior reading recommended.


There is no minimum or maximum age limit.

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