Day Skipper Theory (online course)


Online course (self-paced, approx. 40 hrs);


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Course Content

RYA Day Skipper online theory is an enjoyable entry level shore-based 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. It also deals with coming in and out of the harbour and the factors to consider when looking for an anchorage.

Armed with your newly-acquired theory knowledge, you are able to undertake the RYA Day Skipper practical course, which is typically held over 5 days, or join our 12-day DofE Expedition programmes to complete the practical element of your RYA Day Skipper. For young people aged 16 – 24 we offer designated Youth RYA practical courses.

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 yacht in many countries worldwide.

When you book this course, we will have to manually set up your account on the online learning platform. We will always try to do this as quickly as possible, but please allow up to 24 hrs (weekdays only) for your online access. If you haven’t received an e-mail from us within 24 hrs, please check your junk mail folder and get in touch.

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Please note:

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. In order to set you up on their learning platform, we need to share some of your personal data with them. You can read the details in our Privacy Policy.

By booking an RYA Day Skipper™ online theory course you are agreeing to Sailing Course Online’s terms and conditions. Access the full Sailing Course Online terms and conditions here.


Additional information


40 hrs online study
(access to the learning platform is valid for 8 months)


Some practical experience is desirable although not essential.

Included in course fee

– Access to interactive learning platform (8 months)
– Qualified instructor support
– Training charts, plotter, dividers, training almanac, RYA Day Skipper Electronic Navigation Resources Booklet
– All exams, along with unlimited re-takes
– free shipping (UK mainland only)
– 5% discount on your booking of an RYA practical week to complete your Day Skipper practical

Course content

Coastal navigation and pilotage
Electronic charts
Position fixing
Plotting a course to steer
Weather forecasting and meteorology
Collision regulations

Day Skipper Theory

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