Day Skipper Theory Course

(48 customer reviews)


The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a great entry point to the RYA theory syllabus. It’s a comprehensive introduction to navigation and cruising for new skippers providing the necessary tools to ensure you put out to sea safely.

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48 reviews for Day Skipper Theory Course

  1. Adrian (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Thanks to Marcus for running a great course. Marcus was very methodical about the way we went through the course and moving away from the the traditional format and starting with chart work and navigation really helped as we went forward through the course.

    I would recommend.

  2. James McCormick (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Having completed the day skipper course with Marcus I highly recommend Polka Sailing. The combination of 6 evening classes and a weekend session gave me time to consolidate the information using Polkas own unique online learning modules before the next class. There is a lot of information to take in on the day skipper course, but Marcus has the course well structured. His enthusiastic teaching and support were much appreciated and he has a talent for breaking down, what at first may seem a complicated process, into simple and easy to understand parts- Even the shipping forecast now makes sense! Thank you Marcus!

  3. Belinda Hart (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Marcus explains everything really clearly and at a speed that is neither too fast nor too slow. I wondered how it would be doing the course on zoom but have been pleasantly surprised at how effective it was. Thanks very much for a great course well developed and delivered.

  4. Russ Green (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    This is a great online course , Marcus is friendly patient and knowledgeable . I would highly recommend .

  5. David Ness (verified owner)

    gbScotland, United Kingdom

    Marcus led a very informative 14 session online course. I found it most enjoyable and will use many of the lessons learned in the future. Would I recommend it ? Absolutely…..

  6. Christian Toll (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Loved every minute of it, thank you, great job!

  7. Daniel Latham (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    10/10 would recommend
    Marcus was great, everything was explained in detail
    The course was very well structured, easy to follow and very enjoyable

  8. Bruce Casely (verified owner)

    gbUnited Kingdom

    This course was undertaken via Zoom calls twice a week with homework at weekends. And then 2 tests, chartwork against the clock solo and a group test covering the remainder of the course.

    Marcus evidently has a deep knowledge of sailing and, notwithstanding conducting lessons over Zoom, was able to convey a combination of charisma and technical detail to the group. He is a patient and approachable tutor who can spot the pitfalls and traps that typical students make in advance in order to provide the them with confidence to navigate round them.

    It was an excellent course and I look forward to completing the practical part with him on the water in due course.

  9. Petra W. (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

  10. Jennifer O Dwyer (verified owner)

    ieMunster, Ireland

    I found the day skipper course most enjoyable and fun. Marcus is excellent to teach and passes his knowledge on goes above and beyond at every turn!
    I would advise anyone who is considering doing the course this is the one for you I would highly recommend its a 10 out of 10 from me ?….. furthermore im going to do my practical over there proof its epic

  11. Rob Poole (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    I would highly recommend this course to all aspiring Skippers. Marcus is a brilliant coach, ensuring the pace is right for the group and the concepts are fully understood. Great value and done from the comfort of your own home. 5* excellent course

  12. Kevin OSullivan (verified owner)


    The course was well structured and engagingly presented by Marcus who has a clear passion for sailing. The supporting course material was excellent and worked well for an online course. One of the highlights of the whole lock-down period!

  13. Nastasha OSullivan (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Marcus was a great teacher. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend to anyone!

  14. Helen (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Marcus went through the syllabus in excellent detail and visual aids were great. Happy to go over things more than once to ensure you’ve understood and able to give multiple explanations to aid understanding. Thoroughly recommend the Day Skipper Theory Course with Marcus

  15. Emma B. (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Fantastic course and the perfect way to get a good sailing fix whilst we can’t go on the water. Marcus is a highly dedicated, patient and inspiring teacher and I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to sail or navigate, it’s the perfect foundation and Marcus makes it easy to understand. Thanks Marcus – will miss the Tuesday and Thursday evenings!

  16. Andy Hamilton (verified owner)

    gbScotland, United Kingdom

    Marcus delivered a superb digital, online version of his classroom training for Day Skipper Theory.

    It is no mean feat to transform the classroom teaching onto a Zoom class and Marcus did this brilliantly, keeping us all engaged and progressing through the coursework to a successful outcome!

    This is a teaching method for the future, bridging the gap between the classroom and online only courses. Well done Marcus, it was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for getting me to the point I could pass the course.

    Cheers Andy

  17. Amanda Cracknell (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Really enjoyed the course and highly recommend Marcus, he has a HUGE amount of patience and really knows his stuff.
    Love to do the practical now, just have to get out there and practise.
    Get your fenders out here I come!!!

  18. gareth munro (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    I had a great time working with Marcus. Hard work with three nights a week. But well worth the effort.

  19. Victoria McIntosh (verified owner)

    gbUnited Kingdom

    Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Marcus was a fantastic teacher. Highly recommend!

  20. Anonymous (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

  21. Nikki West (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    I highly recommend Marcus Wareham as RYA on line instructor. His easy manner , depth of knowledge and teaching style made the course extremely enjoyable .
    The combination of online zoom meeting tuition and on line exercises created by Marcus really ensured understanding of all the areas covered . I am not sure that I would have been able to commit to the 40 hours of teaching and the homework had it not been provided on line . I do think that the commitment to meeting times each week , ensure that this is an online course that you will complete.
    I successfully completed the course feeling that I had a true understanding of all that was taught and a great sense of achievement. Looking forward to learning some more with Marcus and Polka Sailing in the future .Thank you

  22. Bruce Belton (verified owner)

    gbUnited Kingdom

    Really great course. The remote on line system works for me as you can dial in for the lesson wherever you are (caught late in the office). The interactive exercises are also great as the immediate feedback allows you to refine your understanding (or not ) prior to the next lesson. All the benefits of set classes but also the flexibility not to have to get to a classroom in rush hour !
    The content was delivered really well and in a logical manner and pace by someone who has evidently taught people with varied experience and learning needs!.

  23. Rob Frewer (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    If you want to complete your RYA Day Skipper theory then look no further than Marcus. I did mine on line with Marcus from my own home and both the book contents and on line aids were truly outstanding. Marcus knowledge and delivery made this a real pleasure. Can’t wait to book my practical 5 day course now with Marcus.

  24. Anonymous (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Excellent teaching, great format and really learnt a lot – thanks Marcus!

  25. Miles Woodgate (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

  26. Rupert Holloway (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

  27. ross (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Course delivered with enthusiasm and knowledge

  28. Toby jenkins (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Good clear instruction.

  29. Damian Whyte (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

    Well written,succinct….essential reading

  30. Rachel (verified owner)

    gbEngland, United Kingdom

  31. paulayton

    Thank you Marcus for an excellent course and for being so Patient. This is an excellent course well organised and fun with 6 evenings from 6pm to 10pm and 1 weekend finishing bit before 4pm Sat and Sunday. – great instruction making it all very practical and fun – learnt a lot and good to do it in a group as everyone helps each other. Looking forward to putting it all into practice on the practical course with Marcus, good venue – hot drinks and chocolate biscuits very welcome every time
    thanks again

  32. simon_gearing

    Marcus is an excellent teacher and the course was perfectly balanced with technical information and instruction, as well as being fun and most importantly practical, which left me feeling confident and wanting to learn more and sail as soon as possible. I will miss the Tuesday night lessons. Thank you Marcus!

  33. Nick Dale (verified owner)

    Marcus is an engaging trainer and uses his obvious copious knowledge to make the course both valuable and accessible. I personally valued the classroom setting together with the online access to module material. Thanks, Marcus,

  34. colin.mcbride (verified owner)

    As a complete newbie to sailing it felt like being thrown it at the deep end with so much information to learn but Marcus made it very enjoyable. I’m looking forward to continuing my sailing journey with Marcus as I know I am in safe hands…

  35. Dave Crapnell (verified owner)

    Thoroughly enjoyed the Day Skipper Course and will miss my Tuesday evenings listening to Marcus. He has a very engaging teaching approach which makes the course both informative and fun. Thanks Marcus…now on to the practical

  36. henry (verified owner)

    The course was paced well to enable ( a newbie) me to absorb the knowledge. Engagingly delivered to help us learn. Most importantly, it really gave all of us on the course the confidence to get out there and sail. I would recommend it to anyone at any level.

  37. Jane Hayden (verified owner)

    Thank you Marcus for making the day skipper course so enjoyable. Your enthusiasm and patience made for a very informative and fun course and I have left with not only a Certificate but with a wealth of knowledge and added confidence. I would highly recommend Polka Sailing.

  38. Ross (verified owner)

    Really good enthusiastic teaching approach by Marcus – now signing up to do Day Skipper Practical with Polka Sailing

  39. Rachel (verified owner)

    Marcus made the course really interesting, hitting a great balance between giving easy to understand explanations, whilst providing useful context to some quite complicated subject areas. Not having had any real sailing experience before starting the course, I was a little daunted, but soon felt at ease and found the whole course thoroughly enjoyable- thank you Marcus!

  40. jmckinnon_inuk (verified owner)

    Marcus, thank you so much for the very informative, interesting and entertaining course! I have learned so much and really appreciate your patience and your thorough and easy to follow technique. I feel so confident with all this new knowledge and I am now excited about the sailing practical course! Thanks again and ahoy!

  41. Sian Quiney (verified owner)

    Great course . Evenings flew by with Marcus’s enthusiasm. Clear teaching & homework.
    Excellent compact format to cover 40 hours of course work .
    Many thanks

  42. Oliver Borders (verified owner)

    I’ve just finished doing day skipper with Marcus over the weekend. I had been tempted to do the course online but I’m glad I didn’t. It was much better having Marcus there to explain the theory and discuss how things have worked for him with his previous experiences. I’d definitely recommend doing this course and I will be looking to do the practical with Polka in the new year.

  43. David Plender

    Having just completed my Day Skipper Theory with Polka Sailing I would like to say a big thank you to Marcus for the way in which he presented the course. His enthusiasm for sailing and his ” positive your can do this approach” were excellent. Even at the end of a long assessment day his enthusiasm, and passion were unwavering. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the new skills learnt. I can’t wait to put these into practice and complete the Day Skipper Practical as I left the course motivated to do more. If you want to learn more about sailing from someone who is enthusiastic and loves sailing look no further than Marcus at Polka Sailing

  44. Trevor Barden

    Did the Day Skipper theory course with Marcus last autumn…well structured, well presented and well taught. All very professional but in a fun environment…..and I passed!!

  45. Lizzie T

    I really enjoyed my day skipper course with Marcus. He explained things simply but in enough depth so not to lose those with more experience, using visual aids and class participation to keep everyone awake! It was an intensive course but we were prepped enough to all pass and I found the one-to-one review at the end very beneficial so I won’t forget the bits I got wrong in a hurry. Thanks v much.

  46. Sarah Plender

    Having just completed the RYA Day Skipper Theory course with Polka Sailing having had very little previous sailing experience I can honestly say that our instructor Marcus has the patience of a saint! His genuine passion for sailing and teaching made the lessons fun and has left me eager to put into practice what I have learnt. Thank you Marcus and Polka Sailing

  47. Chloe Davis

    Just completed the day skipper theory course and would highly recommend polka sailing and in particular Marcus. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, Marcus is a great teacher and I learnt so much with a great group of people in a relaxed and comfortable environment, would recommend to all.

  48. David Stubley

    Marcus is a passionate and knowledgeable sailor and his enthusiasm makes classroom learning good fun. Thanks for your patience
    Marcus. The fog has definitely cleared!

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