RYA Day Skipper Theory Online Course

Course aim:

This course is invaluable for learning how to start making decisions onboard a yacht or powerboat and also to help understand what is going on when others take charge. By the end of the course you should have a sufficient knowledge to navigate a yacht or powered craft around familiar waters by day and night. This course is recommended for those wanting to brush up on existing navigation and skippering skills and those going on to do the Day Skipper Practical course on sail or powered vessels.


None, but the RYA Essential Navigation course may be of use.

Whats involved?

This is an eLearning course, but one of our RYA instructors is on hand to provide as much support as you require, this is done predominately by email, but Skype chats can be organised at pre-arranged times.


Course content:

  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic charts
  • Position fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
  • Weather forecasting and meterology
  • 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.

Course Duration:

Approximately 5 days

What now?

Pay online, we then register your details and you will receive your login details via email and your course pack via post.

Delivered by:

Navathome an RYA centre specialising in online courses.

Please read the Terms & Conditions for this course click here

Course fees & Booking:

RYA Day Skipper Online Course

 By booking your are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions


  • Available
  • Shipping Time: 3-5 days1

Additional information: 

  • The course fee is for a 6 month access period to the course, should you need to extend this period for a further period an admin fee will apply. 

Whats included? -

  • Online e-Learning course
  • Training Charts
  • Plotter and dividers
  • RYA Training Almanac
  • Course handbook
  • Exercises
  • Support from a Navathome RYA instructor

How does it all work?

Once you've recieved a confirmation email from us,  you can login with the username & password Navathome email you.

Navathome will mail your course pack which will include the course book, but you don't need to wait for this to start your course.

Carry out the online training course at your own pace. (Maximum 6 months)

If you have any questions at any stage during your course, simply email your Navathome instructor.

On successful completion, you will recieve your certificate in the post.

Computer requirements & Technical support:

Compatible with:

PC, Mac and Linux and mobile devices including iPad and iPhone.

Please be aware this is an entirely ONLINE course so you must be connected to the internet/wifi in order to complete it.

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Windows XP or later

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