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1. I live about as far from the sea (and therefore from sailing schools) as you can in Europe.
2. I wanted to spend my time at a sailing school learning the practical, rather than theoretical aspects of sailing.
3. I have eight years of experience learning online with the Open University.
For the above three reasons I decided to spend the alpine winter taking the RYA Day Skipper Online Theory course with Navathome.com.

There was no comparison between this course and the online courses I have previously done. This course offers immediate online feedback as you progress through the course. You see exactly where you need to put in more effort. The immediate feedback reduces the feeling of "lack of direction" that can easily occur when you are studying alone. And when you are totally frustrated because you are too stupid to see the wood for the trees, then you can fire off an email begging for advice and within minutes you get a calming and informative answer - even on Saturday afternoon or in the evening.

I felt that the course went in to just the correct amount of depth on each subject. I have to admit that I occasionally "lost an hour" as I wandered off on the Internet to read more information on a subject. (There are some interesting helicopter rescue videos out there). The voiceovers are useful; having someone read to me seemed to make the information "stick" better than just reading it.

The online assessment follows the same format as the training so there is an immediate feeling of familiarity. Once again you receive immediate feedback from the system and from a tutor. On the final question I stupidly wrote 050° instead of 005° and the system kept saying "try again". Georgina was immediately online to suggest taking a short pause and then looking again. Good advice that worked. Within minutes of finishing you know if you have passed or not.
I enjoyed the entire experience and will be back for another course at the latest next winter.

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Hi Vic,
 Here is some feedback on the Day Skipper course.

As far as the course is concerned, I had been thinking about doing the Day Skipper Theory for some years. I just never got round to booking a course or making the time.

When I saw your online course this was the perfect solution for me as I could take my time going through the course from home and I liked very much the way the system told me immediately if I had got it right or wrong and gave me another chance to correct it; that for me works much better than sitting in a classroom with younger/faster students who absorb things much quicker.
Also knowing I could email or phone if I really got stuck was comforting.

Each time I completed a section I couldn't wait to move onto the next.
I had tried self-teaching by buying the normal navigation books and working through them but I picked up more with your online coursework than I did with any of the books.

I think for me the secret here was:

(1) Going through the coursework.

(2) Doing the chart work.

(3) Immediately finding out if I had got it right or where I had gone wrong and going back to do it again.

So all in all I think you have a great system and will definitely be back when I do the Yacht Master Theory course.
Many thanks


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Peter Hayward,

 I have just completed online theory course. Completing the course online allowed me to work at times of my choosing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Completing the course online allowed me to work at times of my choosing and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I have gained so much knowledge from completing the course and having recently purchased my first sailing cruiser. The theory work has helped enormously and given me confidence to make passages to other destinations along the East Coast of England.

I would highly recommend the course to anyone,

Peter Hayward

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From the Skipper, Yacht Edelweiss Just completed my Day Skipper Theory and thought it worthwhile posting my thoughts.

Completed my Day Skipper Practical course five years ago and shortly after joined an online course for the theory side (the wrong way around I know!)

The Navathome course is far superior and keeps you interested throughout; the instant assessment feature is great and encourages you to quickly tackle the next stage.
The support is excellent and if you have a senior moment Vic and Georgina are ready to assist with very quick replies often within minutes.
I have retaken the Days Skipper course as a refresher before taking the Coastal Skipper course to further add to my general sailing knowledge prior to taking off on our travels around the Med and beyond.
Great course and format.


Yacht Edelweiss

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Hi Vic.

Thank you for all your support and advice during the process of the course.

I will continue reading about sailing and I hope to enjoy the practical course next week and hope I do as well as I did with the theory.

Please send the certificate to my home address:

Kind regards,


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From Patricia:

Patricia started her course with another centre and was unable to follow it or get help so she and came to us for help.

This is absolutely wonderful fantastic news! a 100%? wow.
Thanks again for all your time and patience in answering my questions.
All that is left now is to do my sights and the oral exam.
Maybe we can brainstorm over that one when we meet for lunch.

Thank you both so very much again! Patricia