Course Options: Evening Class or Online (Choose below when booking)
The Day Skipper shore based theory course is a great entry point to the RYA syllabus. It’s a comprehensive introduction to navigation and cruising for new skippers providing the necessary tools to ensure you put out to sea safely. The course provides a solid foundation in boat safety, charts and navigation techniques including integrated navigation using both paper and GPS tools. It also gives you a flavour of the skills required for navigating at night with an introduction to lights. On completion of the course, you will be able to confidently undertake a day passage in familiar water.
Online courses are provided by Navathome.com and start immediately. Once cleared funds have been received, your online account will be set up for you to access the online course material. The accompanying course notes and plotter kit will be shipped to you within 24hrs.
Once your account has been activated, you have 6 months to complete the course. This is extendable by 6 months for an additional fee of £30.
The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a great entry point to the RYA theory syllabus. It’s a comprehensive introduction to navigation and cruising for new skippers providing the necessary tools to ensure you put out to sea safely.
The course provides a solid foundation in boat safety, charts and navigation techniques including integrated navigation using both paper and electronic chart plotter (GPS) tools.
Whilst building on the Essential Navigation course, many people start with the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course. You will develop skills to enable you to navigate safely in familiar waters during the day whilst being introduced to the factors to consider when making a passage at night.
You’ll learn how to plan and prepare for a day on the water including understanding weather forecasts (meteorology) and passage and pilotage planning. You’ll also cover topics such as coastal navigation, tidal considerations and chart plotting techniques such as course to steer. The course also covers safety equipment including the correct distress procedures and, importantly, the ‘rules of the road’.
This is a great way to build on your existing knowledge or to get you started in the world of safe seamanship and navigation.
On successful completion of the course, you’ll be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Theory certificate.
Classroom facilities & location
Our RYA shore-based classes are run from the fabulous facilities at Godalming College.
Learning in a group classroom environment is fun and offers a way to make new sailing friends as well as pick up tips’n’tricks from like-minded people. It’s a relaxed environment and you’ll have plenty of time to ask the instructor questions.
The Day Skipper / Watch Leader Shorebased Course provides a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.
This course is ideal for those who have completed Competent Crew course and are looking to improve their skills and learning how to start making skippering decisions. The theory know-how gained from this course is the expected level of knowledge for those looking to go on and do Day Skipper Practical.
1. Nautical terms
Parts of a boat and hull
General nautical terminology
Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
Common Knots including, Clove Hitch, Reef Know, Round turn and 2 half hitches, Bowline, Figure of Eight, Rolling Hitch and Sheetbend
Characteristics of different types of anchor
Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use (see RYA Boat Safety Handbook, G103)
Fire precautions and firefighting
Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets.
Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone.
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
7. Navigational charts and publications
Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
Navigational publications in common use
8. Navigational drawing instruments
Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
Application of variation
Awareness of deviation and its causes
Use of hand-bearing compass
Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
Techniques of visual fixing
Use of waypoints to fix a position
Course to steer
11. Tides and tidal streams
Tidal definitions, levels and datum
Use of Admiralty method of determining the 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
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 passages. Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
Use of waypoints on passage.
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
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
Online Course Details
The online theory course is delivered by Navathome.com a RYA Training Centre specialising in distance learning and online training.
This option allows you to study at your own pace and start at a time of your choosing. You’ll get your login details once full course payment has been received, usually within 24hrs of booking. There is a 6-month time limit to complete the course once you’ve activated your ID, however, this can be extended for a small admin fee (£30) should you choose to.
The online course costs are:
£310per person for the RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ theory
£295 per person for the RYA Day Skipper theory
Receive a 10% discount if booking 2 online courses and 15% discount if booking 3 or more
You will receive an email once the deposit has been paid with a link to pay the balance. Once cleared funds have been received, your account will be set up for you to access the online course material. The accompanying course notes and plotter kit will be shipped to you within 24hrs.
Your RYA Pack including all course materials and Plotter Kit will be sent out to you within 24hrs of receiving cleared payment of the course fees
Help via email, phone or Skype 7 days a week 0700 until 1900 UK
Seven day opt out with full refund on return of the training materials
Up to two years access to learning materials after completion.
Your enrolment lasts for three years
Work when you like, in your own time
Six months free access with the option to extend in six monthly intervals
The course can be completed in as little as 60 hours
RYA charts & Almanac
RYA plotter simulator
Appropriate RYA course notes and handbook
Free animated boat handling lessons
Free mini radar simulator
Optional voice over gives you the choice
Feedback and help from our fulltime instructors for 18 hours a day seven days a week.
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