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 theoretical 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 and develop existing navigation and skippering skills and those progressing towards the Advanced Powerboat, Powerboat Instructor and 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.


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What's 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 catchups by phone/zoom etc 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

Sailing Courses Online, an RYA centre specialising in online courses.

Book this course

This is an online course so all you need to do is to select 'Book Now' and then pay and we will send your login details and instructions for taking the course. The login will arrive the next business day as we need to manually set you up for this course.


We're always really keen to chat to you when you’re booking a course as whilst we are happy to take bookings through this system for your convenience - nothing beats chatting about boats and courses!


Whilst this is an online course you will be prompted for a date,  just leave the date it gives you as it doesn't matter what date is selected. Select as many spaces as you need and then follow the booking process.


PLEASE NOTE:  When you book this course we need to MANUALLY set you up on the Interactive system. This is the same for ALL schools. We will set you up by close of play the next working day. We apologise for this delay but this is a course requirement and not down to us. :)

Book now

If overseas customers book the UK option we cannot set you up online until you have paid the additional postage amount of £25.

What's included?

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

Use Of Your Personal Data (GDPR Compliance)

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with 'Sailing Courses Online'. This training website and database is held and maintained on a secure server. Sailing Courses Online 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.

How Does It All Work?

Once you've received a confirmation email from us,  you can login with the username & password that is emailed to you.


Your course pack will be posted to you 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 instructor.

At the end you need to sit tests. If you need this qualification commercially please talk to us as you may need to be invigilated. On successful completion, you will receive your certificate in the post.

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Tel: +44 (0) 1202 406066

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