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RYA Day Skipper Theory Online

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for in-experienced skippers.

The RYA Day Skipper Theory Online course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate in familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

This course is delivered by Navathome, an RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training

This course allows you to work, where you work, at home, on the move at your own speed and in your own time.

Why you should choose this course

Why you should choose this course?

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

The course is made up of a detailed lesson, most of which are animated for easy learning. Each lesson is followed by a set of questions which you can answer online. Once an answer are submitted the feedback is instant in the form of a detailed answer page. Some answers will be forwarded to your instructor who will provide personal feedback and help where required.

One of the major advantages of using the Navathome RYA Day Skipper Theory course is being able to know instantly how you are doing.

Even the answers that you have submitted to your instructor are provided with instant feedback.


You can book your course online and be working straight away on the sections where the RYA pack is not needed. Your RYA pack, containing your charts, RYA almanac, RYA course notes, plotter and dividers (if ordered) will be posted first class post the same day.

To see how it works, have a look HERE and take a free trial.

How to purchase the course:
Just purchase the course from the ‘Buy now’ at the bottom.There is nothing to download and when you book Navathome will send you a user name and password together with your pack and away you go. Instructors at Navathome will support you throughout the course and issue you certificate on successful completion of the course.

Please note: Login codes and packs are normally despatched the same day Mon – Fri, office hours.

Pre-course experience Some practical experience is desirable
Assumed knowledge None but the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship (Online Theory Course) is useful.
Minimum duration Classroom 5 Days (40 hours minimum)
Online approx. 40 hours.
Compatibility Compatible with PC, Mac and Linux and mobile devices including iPad and iPhone,

To check if your browser or mobile device is Ok with our courses use the free trial. 
Minimum age 12 Years
Course content Course topics include:

  • A comprehensive introduction to seamanship, basic navigation, pilotage, safety procedures and Collision Regulations for use in local waters
  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic charts
  • Position fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
  • Weather forecasting and meteorology
  • Tides Collision regulations
  • Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts
Ability after the course Theoretical knowledge of seamanship, navigation and meteorology and you will receive your RYA certificate after passing the online exam.

View the full syllabus here.

Working with us, you have the opportunity to gain your RYA Day Skipper theory certificate with distinction. The RYA online courses are full of animated graphics that take you step by step through every lesson.

Add to this the personal help you will get from the Mendez team, and you have a package that cannot be matched. Our prices are very competitive given the quality of the courses such as this day skipper theory, the feedback we give and the friendly repartee we build up with our students. We will spend whatever time is needed to make sure that you achieve your aims.

The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is not made up of slide shows or videos, it is fully interactive with instant feedback.

When students submit their answers they are diverted to the answer page which gives a step by step detailed explanation of how the answer should be arrived at.

Navathome support students throughout the course.

To see how it works, have a look HERE and take a free trial.

Navathome provide:

  • Online exam that can be taken in your own home.
  • Proven results that show our Day Skipper online theory course works, is interesting and full of extra information.
  • Flexibility in being able to access your course anywhere at anytime on any computer.
  • Course validity. The course is valid for 6 months from the date of booking.
  • Extensions are available if you exceed the 6 month time period.
  • Please note that the free plotter is now online and you will need an internet connection, The plotter will only work on a PC or a Mac, not a tablet.
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