As an alternative to the classroom based course you can now complete the RYA Day skipper Theory Course online in the comfort of your own home or office in your own time. The course is delivered by Navathome, an RYA recognised training centre specialising in online training.
The RYA Day Skipper theory course is designed to teach you how to navigate in coastal and inshore waters by day. During the course you will get hands on experience of plotting positions and courses on charts, both paper and electronic, planning passages as well as working out how to navigate in and out of harbours. You will also learn how to identify lights on buoys and vessels at sea, meteorology as well as safety procedures including how to call for help.
This online course is made up of a series of detailed lessons using fully animated graphics and automatic feedback on your answers so you know immediately how you are doing. Some answers are also forwarded to your instructor who will provide feedback and help where required. You will receive full telephone or email support/tutoring with an experienced RYA shorebased instructor to answer any questions you may have.
For more information on what is covered please click on the tab above for a full RYA Day Skipper Theory Course syllabus.
A free Portland plotter and set dividers worth approximately £20 are included in the purchase price We are confident that you will like the course but have a seven day money back guarantee in case you find it doesn't suit your needs. We recommend that before you buy the course you try our free trial to see how it works, (please click HERE). Your login to the online course lasts for 6 months after which you do have the option to extend for further 6 month periods for a small admin fee (see the above FAQ's for details)
You do not need to have had any formal training in navigation or sailing to successfully complete this course though if you have very little on the water experience or have not studied for a long time you may find completing the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course first helpful
On successful completion you will have enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.
You can also complete the course in a classroom run over five days which can be completed consecutively, over two weekends. Please click here for dates of our classroom courses.
1. Nautical Terms
Parts of a boat and hull
General nautical terminology
Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
Characteristics of different types of anchor
Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use
Fire precautions and fire fighting
Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets
Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone
Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
5. International regulations for preventing collisions at sea
Steering and sailing rules
6. Definition of position, course and speed
Latitude and longitude
Knowledge of standard navigational terms
True bearings and courses
7. Navigational charts and publications
Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
Navigational publications in common use
8. Navigational drawing instruments
Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
Application of variation
Awareness of deviation and its causes
Use of hand-bearing compass
Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
Techniques of visual fixing
Use of waypoints to fix position
Course to steer
11. Tides and tidal streams
Tidal definitions, levels and datum
Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork
12. Visual aids to navigation
Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics
Sources of broadcast meteorological information
Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale and their significance
Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts
14. Passage planning
Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
Use of waypoints on passage
Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
Keeping a navigational record
15. Navigation in restricted visibility
Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog
Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines
IALA system of buoyage for Region A
Use of sailing directions
Pilotage plans and harbour entry
17. Marine Environment
Responsibility for avoiding pollutions and protecting the marine environment
These are a few of the questions we get asked by people booking on the online RYA Day Skipper Theory Course. If you have any further queries or are unsure whether this is the course for you, please call us on 01243 432485 or 07702 842190 and we will be only to happy to chat to you.
What is included in the online RYA Day Skipper Theory course fee?
The price includes access to the online course, portland plotter and a set of dividers, 2 charts, RYA almanac, RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course notes, RYA chartplotter Simulator and exam fees.
What qualifications or experience do I need to complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course?
You do not need to have any navigational knowledge to be able to complete this course, though some practical on the water experience is useful
How long does it take to complete the course?
The course takes about 50 hours and approximately 4 hours for the online assessment
How long do I have to complete the course?
Your access lasts for a full 6 months after which it can be extended for further 6 month periods(up to a maximum of 3 years from the original booking date). There is an admin charge of £30 for each extension. A 6 month period is usually more than enough time to complete the course and the need to pay extension fees are very rare.
Can I download the course to work offline?
The course is an online course so it cannot be downloaded, however you can keep a page open or use the question paper that comes with the RYA pack to answer questions offline and then go back online to check them.
Can I do any of the course whilst waiting for my pack to arrive?
Yes, your login is automatic and immediate. The information you receive with your login includes a list of the parts of the course that can be completed while you wait for the RYA pack.
What support will I receive?
You will receive full telephone or email support/tutoring with an experienced RYA shorebased instructor
Are there any exams?
There are two assessment papers:
General paper – covering areas such as safety, weather, collision regulations etc
Chartwork and tides paper
The assessment can be taken on line just like the rest of the course. the questions are in a similar format to the course questions so you are well prepared for both the assessment and the type of questions.
I've forgotten my login details
Click student log in at the top of the page.
Select the course you are booked on.
On the log in page enter the email address you used for your course.
Click forgotten password.
Your password will be sent to you.
What qualification will I get once I have completed the course?
On successful completion of the course you will be issued with the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate.
Who is a typical Day Skipper Student?
It is difficult to say what a typical student looks like but we often find that students are:
- Experienced sailors with good practical skills gained on their own or friends boats who despite their excellent boat handling skills wish they were more confident in their ability to read a chart and set a course to steer for example by taking into account tidal streams and lee way.
- New or prospective boat owners who want to become competent and confident sailors by gaining a good knowledge of weather, chart work, pilotage, passage planning and safety at sea before setting of on their newly acquired yacht or powerboat.
- Sailors thinking of chartering a boat for their holidays since many sailing areas require evidence of competence for charterers.
- Planning a career in the marine industry in the Superyacht sector for example, and need to get their qualifications to move up the career ladder or just become more employable
Whatever your reason for wanting to do the course, we will do our best ensure that you enjoy your time with us as well as achieving your RYA Day Skipper Theory certificate.
Do I need to complete the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course before the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course?
The answer to this is no, as both courses are suitable for novices, but the RYA Day Skipper Theory course goes into more detail and is more advanced on the navigation and chartwork side. However if you’ve not been in a classroom for a long time or have very little on the water experience you may find completing the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship course first helpful.
How do I book?
Just click on the book online course now button on the right hand side of the page or if you would like to discuss your requirements please call us on 01243 432485
What courses should I do after completing the RYA Day Skipper Theory?
If you own your own boat or intend to charter a boat one person on board will be required to have the RYA VHF SRC Operators certificate which can be obtained by successfully completing the one day RYA VHF SRC Radio Course. Other support courses you may find useful are the RYA Diesel Engine Course and the RYA First Aid Course
Navathome RYA online Day Skipper Theory Course is compatible with PC, Mac, Linux and mobile devices including Ipad and Iphone.
This is an online course so you will need internet access and email to be able to complete it.
To check if our course works correctly with your browser or mobile device we recommend you use the free trial.
Independent Tests have given the following results:
Galaxy Nexus (Phone, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean): ok, fluid animations, good speed. Tested in Chrome.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Tablet, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich): ok, fluid animations, good speed. Tested in Chrome and Android Browser.
Asus Transformer TF101 (Tablet, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich): ok, fluid animations, good speed, Tested in Chrome and Android Browser.
Ipad, Iphone: ok, fluid animations, good speed,
It is fairly safe to say that Android 4.0 and above is ok.
The RYA plotter simulator is windows or Mac based but will not work on mobile devices.
The plotter is used in a couple of questions in the RYA Day Skipper. Generally we ask students using mobiles to answer the questions manually that would normally use the RYA plotter simulator it does not affect the course at all.
All our P.C. based courses use HTML5 and the software, required to run them, should already be installed on your computer.
An option to install an up to date version of Flash is available and will download automatically if required.
5 Day Courses
Long Weekend Courses
or to discuss your requirements you can contact us seven days a week from 8.00a.m to 7.30pm on 01243 432485 or 07702 842190