RYA Day Skipper Navigation Theory

Study theory for the Shorebased RYA Day Skipper certificate

What is the Day Skipper Theory course?

The RYA Day Skipper/Watch Leader navigation theory course can either run on weekends either side of the practical sailing or motor courses, or five consecutive days in a classroom. The whole syllabus must be covered over 40 hours of tuition time.

In order to successfully complete the full Day Skipper Sailing, or Day Skipper Motor course it is recommended that you complete the Day Skipper Theory/Watch Leader navigation course.



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What’s included in the Day Skipper Theory course?

A full five-day mid week course, usually from Monday to Friday, covering the 40 hour syllabus.

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 (this may be done during a practical training week)

We also provide a Day Skipper Theory student pack with included in every course fee, with course materials, charts, plotter, divider, pencil and eraser in a handy folder.

Can I just do the Day Skipper Theory course?

You can of course join this Day Skipper Theory course on it’s own without taking the practical course. One of the pre-requisites for Yachtmaster candidates is navigation theory knowledge to the level of Day Skipper/Watch Leader standard.

We welcome all who are progressing in their learning and skills base.

What is a Commercial Endorsement, do I need one and how do it arrange it?

A commercial endorsement will be required if you intend to work onboard British flagged vessels which are subject to the MCA’s codes of practice for small commercial vessels.
A number of additional training courses and medical fitness certificates are required to be eligible for a commercial endorsement.
For full information to check which certificates may be commercially endorsed, details concerning additional courses to be completed and fitness certificates, Please use the following link to the RYA website where the information appears in full.


Given the current circumstances you may be wondering how you would receive your course materials if you booked a course with us.

The RYA have arranged for Ebook versions of the key training materials to be made available to students that book through Recognised Training Centres.

When you book a Navigation course, we will send you an Ebook voucher redemption code along with full redemption instructions, to download the materials through the RYA Books app.

The remaining course materials will be delivered to you when restrictions have been lifted.

Upcoming Courses

Please contact the Nautical team if you have any questions.
*Dates and timings may be subject to change at our discretion. We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule.

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, classroom course dates will be announced in due course, please contact us to be put on a reservation list.

SOVREN Nautical Academy will also be donating 10% of all course fees to Yachting Gives Back during these difficult times.

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October 2019

From an instructor’s point of view, they offer unparalleled facilities but, more importantly, a very good support system which means we can offer great service to the students. When you couple that with their diligence and integrity you can be sure of being in safe hands.

July 2019

Just completed the Dayskipper Sail Combo with John O´Hara and Geraint Edwards as our brilliant, super competent and friendly teachers. Thank´s very much to you guys, learned so much in the last 9 days, was a great pleasure to me!

March 2019

Many thanks to the team, such a positive energy. John, our instructor, was excellent and so influential to all of us in the YM class. I’d highly recommend.

October 2018

I would like to thank all especially Nathan. I attended a powerboat course last year with Nathan as my instructor, and I was fortunate again this year to be taught again by Nathan on my theory. Without a doubt this has been my most enjoyable course to date. I learnt an incredible amount of both theory…

September 2018

I completed my PBL2 in 2017. I then took advantage of the free Workshops later in the year to get me started on my career. Little did I know, all the gems of information presented in such a supportive, interesting and professional environment would be put into practice. Shortly thereafter I assisted on the bridge…