RYA Day Skipper Theory course online


The RYA Online Day Skipper course is a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.
This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

There are no pre-course requirements for this RYA online Day Skipper theory course, but some sailing knowledge is helpful.






Day Skipper Theory course 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 (see RYA Boat Safety Handbook, C8)
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejacketsd. Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephonee. Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
5. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)
  • General rules (all other 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 to small craft
  • Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts
14. Passage planning
  • Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passagesb. Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
  • Use of waypoints on passaged. Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
  • Keeping a navigational
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 pollution and protecting the marine environment



Tariffs of online courses

Day Skipper 390 euro
Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper 390 euro
Fastrack to Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper 663 euro
Yachtmaster Ocean 390 euro


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Overview of all our RYA online courses



RYA Essential Navigation online course

RYA Day Skipper

RYA Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper





Fastrack to RYA Yachtmaster





RYA Yachtmaster Ocean




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