Day Skipper

This course is an introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and seamanship. You will learn how to figure out tidal heights and streams and how they affect your course. On the RYA Day Skipper Theory you will also learn the collision rules on how to identify the give way vessel and how to use dead reckoning and estimated position for accurate navigation. The first time you navigate successfully to a destination will give you a fantastic sense of achievement. Before attending the RYA Day Skipper Theory course it is essential that you have had some previous sailing experience.

Offshore Yachtmaster

This course develops on from the navigation and other theory knowledge acquired on the Day Skipper Course. It is intended for cruising yachtsmen, motor boaters, and power boaters, who are looking to undertake more complex passages, perhaps offshore, at night, or crossing the Channel. It is a demanding theory course covering advanced navigation techniques such as – Position Fixing, Course to Steer, Passage Planning, Pilotage, Meteorology, IRPCS, Stability and Buoyage. By the end of the course the successful student will have a comprehensive knowledge of what is required to navigate to Yachtmaster standard, and will have passed 3 exams on chart work, meteorology, and IRPCS. It is highly recommended that you revise the collision regulations before attending the course, and have acquired the Day Skipper knowledge beforehand, to ensure successful completion.

Ocean Yachtmaster

The RYA Ocean Yachtmaster is the final theory course in the syllabus. It is also the signature course offered by I.O.S. whose eminent students include Emma Richards, Ellen MacArthur, Barbara Harmer (the only female Concorde captain), Phillipe Kahn and John Howard Davies. This course is usually presented and taught in Ventnor/Shanklin on the Isle of Wight but can also be run worldwide. Teaching can be offered on a group or one-to-one basis.The RYA Ocean Yachtmaster theory certificate will be given to successful candidates upon completion.

Ocean Practical Prep

One Day Course

A great little course for any person that has already done the Ocean theory course and now wants not only to put it into practice and get fully conversant with the requirements needed for the RYA Ocean qualifying passage. This is a practical “Hands On” course that is very informative with tips from Stokey that you will not read in a book.

A Typical Day,s Program

0900: Welcome coffee and chat

  • Sight planning, theoretical sight procedures, sextant checks and a morning sight

  • Visit Stokey’s Platform (SP) practical Astro, sextant checks, sight procedure and the taking of a morning sun sight

  • Work out morning sun sight and reduce a theoretical noon sight Midday: (SP) Take noon sight before returning back to the class room to reduce it.


  • Work out a theoretical afternoon sight. Afternoon: (SP) Shoot an afternoon sun sight.

  • Reduce the afternoon sun sight, make a chart and plot both the theoretical and the practical sights reduced that day. Compass checks, planning, and reduction

  • General discussion’s on proposed qualifying trip, weather, planning and the presentation of relevant material for the oral exam.

1700: Course ends.