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.

Course Fees & Booking

RYA Day Skipper Online Course

 By booking your are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions


NB: Shipping is free


  • Available

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. 

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.

Computer Requirements & Technical Support

The course has been tested on the following operating systems:  

  • Windows 8, 7, Vista (32 & 64 bit), XP Service Pack 3
  • Mac OS X, 2008 model or later with OS X 10.6 or greater,
  • iPad and iPhone iOS 5.1 or higher
  • Android
  • It works on the latest versions of Safari/Chrome, Firefox and IE/Microsoft Edge.



Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Windows XP or later

Recommended Reading

Day Skipper Online Course Time Extension Fee

If you have not managed to complete your course within 6 months, the extension fee can be paid here to add additional time. 


Contact us:


Tel: +44 (0) 1202 406066

Our Location:

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