The Day Skipper Theory Course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.The 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.

It is full of fantastic information from tying a knot, tidal height, tidal streams, weather to plotting course to steer and passage plans. Once you have completed the course you will be safer for yourself, you friends and your family and after completing an RYA Practical Course you should be well on your way to being a first class skipper.

The course takes approximately 40 hours to complete with an assessment of 2 parts (1.5 hours for each) taken in one sitting.

Invigilated Assessments

These can be offered for free to anyone who books an online course with us and who requires an invigilated assessment for a commercial endorsement or as a Master 200 prerequisite. We can also arrange invigilated assessments at our sites around the country, or elsewhere in the world, at a cost.

Price: £295
Previous Experience: None
Assumed Knowledge: None
Duration: At your own pace

Course Content:

  • Chartwork
  • Position Fixing
  • Course to Steer
  • Meteorology
  • Tides
  • Collision Regulations
  • Parts of a Boat & Equipment
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Coastal Navigation & Pilotage

Blended Learning: 

  1. Online course with 1 day in the classroom – £545
  2. Online course with 4x 45 minute sessions via Skype or Zoom – £415

What’s Included:

  • RYA Pack (course notes, exercises, practise charts, training almanac)
  • Portland Course Plotter & Dividers
  • Access to Online Course (valid for 6 months from time of booking)
  • Email & Phone Support from our Instructors
  • Postage of Pack (UK only, outside the UK can be arranged for an additional fee)

Why Choose an Interactive Course?

The course is made up of detailed lessons, most of which are animated for easy learning. Each lesson is followed by a set of questions which can be answered online. Once an answer is submitted, the feedback is instant in the form of a detailed answer page. Some will be forwarded to your instructor who will provide personal feedback and help where required.

You can book your course online and be working straight away on the sections where the RYA pack is not needed. Your RYA pack, containing your charts, RYA almanac, RYA course notes and course plotter, will be posted the same day. The course is professionally written in association with Navathome by fully qualified instructor with a background in e-learning.