RYA Day Skipper theory online course 


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.

The RYA online Day Skipper course is delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training. 









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



Details of this course

Duration:  Initial duration of 6 months, renewable on request


Previous experience:   None required


Assumed knowledge:    None required, however Essential Navigation would be a plus


Cost: 399 euro + cost of shipping the course pack (for some countries)


 Read all about the Navathome navigation courses


Please note the Navathome Terms & Conditions and GDPR policy for online courses 






Overview of all RYA online courses



RYA Essential Navigation online


Online course for beginning crew members, providing essential knowledge on navigation and seamanship on board




RYA Day Skipper online course


Intermediate online course for competent crew members and beginning skippers, which lays the foundation for safe navigation and seamanship. Recommended for all sailors on tidal and non-tidal waters


RYA Yachtmaster / Coastal Skipper



Advanced online course for skippers of sailing and motor vessels, preparing them for long (day and night) coastal and offshore passages, with lots of emphasis on passage planning, safety and navigation skills


RYA Yachtmaster Ocean online



Worldwide weather systems, celestial navigation and preparation of ocean passages, for those eager to cross the ocean and for professional skippers

Fastrack to RYA Yachtmaster


Advanced online course for skippers of sailing and motor vessels, which combines the Day Skipper and the Yachtmaster theory online courses




RYA PPR online course


Professional Practices and Responsibilities course and exam.

Obtain commercial endorsement to work professionally as skipper or crew member


RYA Short Range Certificate online


Online course in preparation to your exam for obtaining your VHF GMDSS marine radio certificate



RYA CEVNI online test


Online test on rules of inland European waters required to validate your International Certificate of Competence.


or do you prefer a classroom course ?


For even more interaction with the instructor and contact with fellow students, we recommend to take a look at our shorebased classroom courses








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