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RYA Day Skipper Online Theory



The Day Skipper online course is the perfect way for Skippers to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical aspects of skippering a vessel and is excellent preparation for your Day Skipper practical.  The course covers vital aspects of navigation, safety and handling that will be useful in daylight conditions.  A must for the practical boat owner.

What to expect

This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.


We are continually updating our courses to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats. 


We have northern and southern hemisphere versions of our training materials. So, no matter where you are in the world, our course can be tailored to you.


The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered as a series of short sessions, as an intensive week-long course, or by distance learning.

Course topics include:

  • 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

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