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RYA Day Skipper Theory Online

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Day Skipper online training

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  • Can be completed worldwide
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  • Assessments can be taken in your own home
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  • You have a statuary right to opt out of the course within 14 days of booking.
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    The Day Skipper online theory course is ideal for those without any navigation experience but also for those who have been sailing for years but have not had any formal training.
    The course takes approximately 40 hours to complete with an assessment of 2 parts (1.5 hours for each) taken in one sitting.

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    All in all a super convenient and very efficient way to pass the RYA theory examinations.

    RYA Day Skipper  Theory Syllabus


    General seamanship, including parts of the boat, tying up alongside, preparation for sea, knots and tacking.


    Using charts, depth contours, three point fix, plotting a course to steer allowing for tidal set and drift. Position fixing using by various means and estimated position taking into account tidal set and drift.

    Tidal streams

    Tidal streams information is required to plot courses to steer and for estimating position.
    Using a tidal diamond table and the tidal stream atlas to work out the tidal set and drift for various times of day and compensating for spring and neap tides.

    Passage planning

    An introduction to planning short daytime passages using waypoints and visual aids.

    Tidal heights

    Working out the height of tide for entering ports, crossing shallows and avoiding grounding.
    The lessons cover using the tidal height tables, allowing for springs and neap tides, basic secondary port calculations, allowing for time differences.

    Collision regulations

    Basic collision regulations including collision avoidance, the correct lights to use and how to identify various types of vessel from their to recognise a vessel by its day shapes and what day shapes to use for various situations.
    The course also includes lessons and quizzes on sound signals and their various uses.

    Electronic navigation

    Using various onboard electronic equipment such as chart plotters, depth, wind instruments and more.


    Causes of weather systems, reading and taking into account present and future weather forecasts, understanding weather charts and sources of weather information.


    How to recognise buoys by their lights characteristics, shape, colour, name and what action to take when approaching one.


    Basic safety at sea including using life rafts, use of life jackets, how to handle and use flares, types of fire fighting equipment and fire prevention, how to make mayday calls, various ways of making other vessel aware that there is a mayday situation.

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    You are provided with backup and help by our RYA Ocean Yachtmaster instructors.

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    Your instructor will be available from 0800 until 2000 UT or BST seven days a week and more often until late in the evening.

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