RYA DaySkipper: Interactive Online Course.

Theory Courses

RYA Day Skipper Theory


Revise and retry until you pass

  • Plotter & Dividers Included
  • Fully Animated & Interactive Lessons
  • Multi Device Support
  • Study At Your Own Pace
  • Proven Pass Rate
  • No Classroom Pressure
  • MCA & RYA recognised
  • Initial 6 month access with options to extend
  • Lifetime Access To Revision Material

Navigate With Confidence

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate safely in familiar waters by day and learn how to apply the collision regulations and recognise lights at night. The comprehensive syllabus covers fundamental seamanship, navigation techniques, understanding tides, collision regulations, electronic navigation tools, weather interpretation, buoyage systems, and crucial safety practices.

Upon successful completion, this course awards the RYA/MCA Day Skipper Shorebased theory certificate.


Nautical Fundamentals:

  • Introduction to seamanship and boat terminology.
  • Essential knots and techniques for berthing alongside.
  • Preparing the boat for sea and basic boating manoeuvres.

Navigation Essentials:

  • Chart reading and understanding depth contours.
  • Plotting courses; considering tidal set and drift.
  • Position fixing using different methods and accounting for tidal factors.

Tidal Streams and Passage Planning:

  • Utilising tidal diamond tables and stream atlases.
  • Plotting courses and estimating position using tidal data.
  • Introduction to short daytime passage planning with waypoints and visual aids.

Tidal Heights and Calculations:

  • Determining tidal heights for safe navigation.
  • Applying tidal height tables and accounting for spring and neap tides.
  • Basic secondary port calculations and time differences.

Collision Regulations and Lights:

  • Understanding collision avoidance rules.
  • Recognising vessel types from their lights.
  • Identifying vessels by day shapes and using appropriate signals.

Electronic Navigation:

  • Practical usage of chart plotters and electronic instruments
  • Incorporating depth and wind data into navigation decisions

Weather and Forecasting:

  • Causes of weather systems and their impact on sailing.
  • Reading and interpreting weather forecasts and charts.
  • Accessing reliable weather information sources.

Buoyage and Navigation Marks:

  • Recognising buoys based on their characteristics.
  • Understanding buoyage systems and their significance.

Safety at Sea:

  • Essential safety practices and equipment onboard.
  • Handling life rafts, life jackets, and flares.
  • Mayday calls and communication during emergency situations.
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