RYA Day Skipper Navigation Theory Online

Study theory for the Shorebased RYA Day Skipper certificate

What is the RYA Day Skipper Theory Online course?

This online theory course is delivered by our partner company, Sailing Course Online, which is an RYA Recognised Training Centre specializing in online training. The syllabus will take approximately 40 hours to complete.

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

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.


Introductory offer

This course is provided by Sailing Course Online

What’s included in the RYA Day Skipper Theory Online course?

RYA Day Skipper online theory is an enjoyable entry-level Shorebased 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 harbor and the factors to consider when looking for an anchorage.

Why choose an online RYA Day Skipper Theory course?

With content structured for a virtual experience, Sailing Course Online helps you gain theory knowledge that’s essential for when you’re out on the water. The courses we offer include RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal / Yachtmaster™.

Rated 4.9 stars out from 5 from genuine feedback on Feefo, Sailing Course Online has successfully delivered courses to thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to undertake a practical course. And although the course is online, you’re only an email away from fast and helpful support from Sailing Course Online’s team of qualified instructors.

Learning online brings many advantages for those who struggle to take five days off to learn in a classroom:

  • Online offers a no-pressure approach – learn at your own pace.
  • Easy to follow the course, with animations and 20+ videos that bring the content to life.
  • Bite-sized modules enable you to organize learning around day-to-day life.
  • Review your knowledge as many times as you like with the end of module tests.
  • A wealth of “Skipper’s Tips” gives you an extra real-life perspective on many of the topics.
  • Fast help from qualified instructors whenever you need it – no question is too silly!

A hard copy certificate is posted to you upon successful course completion.

What device should I use to complete the online course?

The courses work seamlessly across PCs, Macs, and mobile devices, enabling you to learn anywhere you have an internet connection. Access to the exams is included, and as all exams are hand-marked, you will receive tailored feedback on your answers, giving you the confidence to put your newly acquired skills into practice.

There are some issues with the free chart plotter simulator provided by the RYA. It works on PC and Mac but not on mobile devices. It is not essential to the courses so it can be worked around if you do not have access to the PC based units.

How long will it take to receive my course pack?

Your student pack, which includes RYA Training Charts, Almanac, book, and a Portland plotter and dividers will be dispatched within 48 hours of you being registered for the course. Please note that the pack is sent via courier and requires a signature on delivery.

The price of shipping is as follows:

  • Europe: €35
  • UK: €45
  • Rest of the World: €55
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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…