Day Skipper Shorebased Theory

5 Days

Learn all about tidal diamonds, course to steer, chartwork and a bunch of daft acronyms.

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Party on a Boat

Back to school! Give your brain a workout this January and take a journey through some nautical navigation. Learn all the skills needed to prepare yourself for independent sailing. RYA certified course. No prior experience needed. 40 hours of classroom time, spread over five Saturdays. Be prepared for some homework, too.



  • Realising that you are able to do something that very few people even understand.

We will supply all the course material, dividers, etc. that you will need. Just bring a notebook, pen and a few sharp pencils. There will be copious amounts of coffee consumed to help us all stay sharp as we weave through the myriad of new terminology and mystical graphs. 


Will we be sailing?

No, the boat will be tied up at the marina for the evening.

Do we need to bring food?

Snacks and a light lunch will be provided aboard, within the package price. Evening meal and breakfast is included within the overnight package. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us beforehand, or bring your own food if you wish.

Is there any drink onboard?

Soft drinks will be included with the evening meal. You can bring your own bottle if you wish.

Do I need to be able to swim?

No, most of the old sailors believed it was better to die quickly if you fell overboard. Swimming would only prolong the agony.

Do I need a lifejacket?

We will provide lifejackets, but see note above about swimming. Please stay on the boat. 😊

Do we need any previous experience?

No, we will sail the yacht, allowing you to look around you and enjoy the experience.

Will we be trained?

This is not a training course, but we hope that you will learn a few things along the way, even about yourself. If you think sailing could be your new hobby and you want to take it further, we will be happy to advise.

Where do we meet?

We will meet you at the gates to the marina, beside the West Marina Car Park and Windrose Bar, in Carrickfergus. If you require transport, we have a 9-seater VW Transporter and we can collect your group and luggage from anywhere in the region.

Do we need to bring any special clothes?

We would advise bringing a waterproof coat. Climate change is a slow process and Northern Ireland still has twice the rainfall of Spain. ☹ Only soft-soled, non-marking shoes please.

What if I get seasick?

Seasickness normally takes a few hours, so we should be back on dry land before it takes effect. Even Admiral Nelson got seasick, so don’t worry too much about it. If you stay warm, well rested and well hydrated you improve your chances. Anxiety is a factor too, so sit back and enjoy the trip.

From £300.00
/ adult
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