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RYA Day Skipper Theory Online

RYA Day Skipper online theory is an enjoyable shorebased course that gives a rounded and practical introduction to the basics of navigation. The course is delivered fully online enabling you to complete it from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. All course materials are provided in a handy navigator’s bag: including paper charts, training almanac, shorebased notes, Portland plotter and dividers. Instructor support and the cost of the exams is also included in your course price.

The Day Skipper syllabus is designed to give a new skipper the confidence to plan and safely undertake day time passages. It covers the basics of chartwork, tidal systems, seamanship, meteorology and collision regulations.

Why you should choose this course

Why you should choose this course?

Learning online brings many advantages for those who struggle to take five days off to learn in a classroom:
  • Online offers a no pressure approach – learn at your own pace.
  • Easy to follow course, with animations and 20+ videos that bring the content to life.
  • Bite-sized modules enable you to organise learning around day-to-day life.
  • Review your knowledge as many times as you like with the end of module tests.
  • A wealth of “Skipper’s Tips” give you extra real-life perspective on many of the topics.
  • Fast help from qualified instructors whenever you need it – no question is too silly!
Building Your Theory Skills Inspires Confidence on the Water
With content structured for a virtual experience, ‘Sailing Course Online’ helps you gain theory knowledge that’s essential for when you’re out on the water.
Rated 4.8 stars out from 5 from genuine feedback on Feefo, Sailing Course Online has successfully delivered courses to thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to undertake a practical course. And although the course is online, you’re only an email away from fast and helpful support from Sailing Course Online’s team of qualified instructors.


Fast Help Whenever You Need It

Just because your course is online, doesn’t mean the support you get is remote as well. Use the email button in your Classroom for fast help with minor queries or arrange a telephone / video call for a more in-depth conversation.

The instructors who support ‘Sailing Course Online’ are additionally RYA Yachtmaster™ Instructors. They’re 100% committed to giving you friendly and knowledgeable assistance. All exams are manually marked and helpful feedback is provided.

We have been working with our online provider to make the online course more power orientated so don’t be put off by their name ‘Sailing Course Online’.

How to purchase the course:
Purchase the course from the ‘Buy now’ at the bottom. There is nothing to download. When you book we will send you a letter with your user name and password together with your pack and away you go. Your certificate will be posted to you upon successful course completion.

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 & Seamanship Online Theory Course is useful.
Minimum duration Online approx. 40 hours.
Compatibility All courses will work on a PC or Apple Mac but please check the compatibility box for those which will work on an iPad and other Mobile devices. 
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.

Next Steps

Armed with your newly-acquired theory knowledge, you are able to undertake the RYA Day Skipper practical course, which is typically held over 4 days. Click here for course dates and information

Upon completion of both your RYA Day Skipper practical and theory course certificates, you are also able to apply for an ICC (International Certificate of Competence). Holding your ICC means you can bareboat charter a Motor cruiser in many countries worldwide. Click here for the ICC Application form.

For practical course dates:

RYA Day Skipper practical

About ‘Sailing Course Online’

This online theory course is delivered by our partner company ‘Sailing Course Online’ who are a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training. The course content is specifically delivered for an online experience, with bite-sized modules, regular auto-marked tests, and full support from the instructors at Sailing Course Online whenever you need them.

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