RYA Day Skipper Theory

A comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.


£273 including everything

Interactive Online Course

Instructor support

Some practical experience desirable

RYA Day Skipper Theory is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

The RYA Day Skipper theory course is absolutely full of fantastic information from tying a knot, tidal heights, tidal streams, weather, position fixing, estimated position to plotting a full blown course to steer and passage plan.
Once you have completed the course you will be safer for yourself, your friends and your family and after completing an RYA practical course, you should be well on your way to being a first class skipper.

This interactive online theory course allows you the time and space to learn at your own speed when you want and how you want – you simply need a computer and the internet.

Any instructor support needed during the course will be at no extra cost.  Exam feedback is also given as you work through the modules.

If you feel you need a bit more assistance then we are able to offer a personalised learning package combining online courses with 1:1 tuition.

  1. Online course with 1 x day in the classroom – £273 plus £250 = £523
  2. Online course with 4 x 45 minute sessions (3 hours in total) via zoom – £273 plus £120 = £393

The online course is valid for 6 months.  It can be extended by paying a £50 fee to gain another 6 months.  The 6 months will not start until you begin your course.

  • Chart Familiarisation
  • Tidal Heights
  • Tidal Streams
  • The Compass & Position Fixing
  • Dead Reckoning & Estimated Position
  • Course to Steer
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Buoyage
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Planning
  • Meteorology
  • The Collision Regulations
  • Safety & Protection of the Environment
  • An interactive online course is perfect for those who simply do not have a week spare to sit in the classroom attending a course.
  • All you need is a computer and the internet.
  • Lessons are accompanied by optional professional narration, and notes.
  • They are intuitive and easy to follow, whilst more complex subjects are accompanied by interactive animations and graphics, to help you gain a full knowledge of each subject in the course syllabus.
  • Detailed step-by-step workings for navigational or tidal calculations make it easy for you to follow along as we show you how to plot positions, make tidal height and stream calculations, etc
  • You can go over these again and again, and test your knowledge with regular quizzes throughout each lesson.
  • At the end of each lesson there is an excercise containg similar questions to the exam, with detailed and illustrated answers sent to you immediately to confirm your progress and fully prepare you for your mock and final exams.
  • You can repeat entire lessons and excercises as often as you wish until you are confident that you fully understand each subject.
  • When you have completed the course you can request mock and then final exams.
  • These are assessed by our RYA Instructors and detailed feedback is provided in any areas that may require further study within the course.
  • Access to the online course (valid for 6 months).
  • Unlimited support from our dedicated RYA Instructors – 365 days a year via email, phone or Skype/Zoom.
  • 14-day unconditional money-back guarantee.
  • 15 fully-narrated online lessons including animations, videos and realistic 3D graphics.
  • Embedded quizzes with instant feedback in each lesson.
  • 15 self-assessment exercises with fully worked answers.
  • Over 50 downloadable or linked resources.
  • Videos covering: updating paper charts, engine checks, dismasting, jury rig, flood control, firefighting, gas explosions, capsize, lifejacket checks, how to put on a lifejacket and what happens when it inflates, man-overboard recovery, launching and boarding a liferaft.
  • RYA Student Pack (including 2 training charts, training almanac & course handbook).
  • RYA Nav Pack (including plotter and divider) including postage.
  • Mock exams to prepare you for the real thing and give you the confidence to pass.
  • 2 final online exams with detailed instructor feedback and free repeat attempts if requried.
  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Course Completion Certificate.

Invigilation is optional for Day Skipper. There is a theoretical benefit but it’s minor and obscure. Basically, students who have a Day Skipper Practical Certificate and 12 months relevant experience can apply for a Professional Endorsement (requiring a medical, first-aid certificate and completion of a RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities course). With an invigilated Day Skipper Shorebased course completion certificate they can skipper a vessel carrying fare-paying passengers up to 20 miles from a nominated departure point, whereas if they don’t have a Day Skipper Shorebased course completion certificate or it is marked as “non-invigilated” they are limited to 3 miles from a nominated departure point. This means that 99% of Day Skipper Students don’t need an invigilated exam.

You will be given this option once the course is completed.

The RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is provided to us by Skippers Online.

Click the link below to have a trial before you buy:

This Dead Reckoning & Estimated Position lesson demonstrates how our step by step graphics, detailed narration and worked examples, break down a detailed subject to give you a full understanding of this key part of the syllabus.

Please make sure your volume is turned up.



Recommended supplementary reading:

RYA Navigation Handbook
RYA Weather Handbook
International Rules for Preventing Collisions
Flip Cards
You can purchase the above as Ebooks on the RYA Website


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