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Online RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

  • Course

    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.

    Navathome - Important Privacy Information

    To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with www.navathome.com.  This training website and database is held and maintained on a secure server.  Navathome is an RYA training centre which specialises in online navigation training and will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

    Your payment information will be collected by Emsworth School of Navigation LLP on behalf of Navathome and is not passed on to any other organisation. Payment information for the purpose of logging you into the Navathome admin will not be retained once the payment is made. Your name and email address will be entered on www.navathome.com in order to create your user account. Your postal address will be provided in order to send your student pack. You will have access to the site for six months in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Navathome and may be available to Emsworth School of Navigation LLP who may have access to the Navathome database. This period maybe extended should you wish to extend your course access.

    On completion of your course, your name and email will be retained by Navathome for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows Navathome to record your certification. Your Instructor will not hold any information for the purposes of Navathome student support after this date.  Please note that Emsworth School of Navigation LLP may hold information to enable provision of other training not associated with the Navathome course.

    Should you not complete the course in the given time frame, your name and email will be retained by Navathome for the purpose of recording details of the course. This information allows Navathome to retain a record of coursework you have completed.

    If you would like your personal data removed from www.navathome.com prior to the end of your access period or at any time before you have completed your course, you can request it by email.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  giving your name and email address and the course you would like to delete. Please note that if you request deletion of your account before you have completed your course, your access to the course and records of your progress will be lost.

    If you would like details of your online course removing from the Navathome database when you have completed the course, please email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving your name and email address. Please note that removal of course details from the Navathome database, means that any certification gained as a result of this course will not be verifiable by Navathome, nor would Navathome be able to help with a replacement certificate.

    Full details of how Navathome will deal with your personal information is given in the Navathome terms and conditions (https://www.navathome.com/terms.aspx).

  • Syllabus

    1. Nautical Terms

    Parts of a boat and hull

    General nautical terminology

    2. Ropework

    Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use

    3. Anchorwork

    Characteristics of different types of anchor

    Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring

    4. Safety

    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

    General rules

    6. Definition of position, course and speed

    Latitude and longitude

    Knowledge of standard navigational terms

    True bearings and courses

    The knot

    7. Navigational charts and publications

    Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance

    Navigational publications in common use

    Chart correction

    8. Navigational drawing instruments

    Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments

    9. Compass

    Application of variation

    Awareness of deviation and its causes

    Use of hand-bearing compass

    10. Chartwork

    Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway

    Techniques of visual fixing

    Satellite-derived positions

    Use of waypoints to fix position

    Course to steer

    11. Tides and tidal streams

    Tidal definitions, levels and datum

    Tide tables

    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

    13. Meteorology

    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

    16. Pilotage

    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

  • FAQ's

    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

  • Technical Requirements

    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.

  • All Dates

    5 Day Courses

    Monday, 07 October until Friday, 11 October 2019

    Monday, 02 December until Friday, 06 December 2019

    Evening Courses

    Wednesday, 16 October 2019 until Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    Wednesday Evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm (Christmas break - 12th December to 7th January)

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

Cost: £ 295

Next Course Dates

5 Day Courses

Monday, 07 October until Friday, 11 October 2019

Monday, 02 December until Friday, 06 December 2019

Evening Courses

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 until Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Emsworth School of Navigation

Emsworth Yacht Harbour, Thorney Road, Emsworth
Hampshire, PO10 8BP

01243 432485, 07702 842190

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