I want to take the RYA Day Skipper Practical course – do I really need to take the Day Skipper theory course as well?
Yes! Unless you could pass a Day Skipper theory exam without undertaking the Day Skipper theory course, you will need to take the theory course. This study should be completed before attending the Day Skipper practical course.
I really don’t have the time to attend another course, can I take the Day Skipper Theory course on-line?
You can take the Day Skipper theory course on-line, the course can be studied anywhere where there is an internet connection.
Do I need any prior experience?
We recommend that you take the RYA Competent Crew course before taking the Day Skipper theory on-line course. This 5 day course will give you some understanding of sailing which will assist with your understanding of the course. Whilst desirable, this is not essential and many people successfully complete and pass the Day Skipper theory exam without taking any other RYA courses.
How long does the course take to complete?
The RYA suggest 40 hours of study so the course can easily be completed over a couple of weekends and a few evenings. Avoiding distractions will be your biggest challenge!
What is included in the course fee?
The course fee includes:
- Course exercises and charts
- Training almanac
- Access to the on-line course
- Breton plotter and divider set
- Tutor support
- Certificate for successful completion
How long can I take to complete the course?
You have 6 months to complete the course. You can extend this for a small fee if you need extra time.
What happens if I get stuck?
When you submit your answers you may well notice your mistake and try again. Your tutor will see your submission and may well offer advice if you are really stuck. You are welcome to contact your tutor if you need help or have any questions.
I have started my Day Skipper Theory On-line Course but will not complete it before attending the practical course. Can I still attend?
If you are taking your Day Skipper practical course over weekends we would recommend that you work through at least to the end of section 6 before attending your first weekend. This will enable to to understand the navigation being taught whilst at the same time enabling you to complete your theory course with the benifit of the practical experience.
If you are taking the practical course over 5 days we would recommend that you complete the theory course and pass the exam before attending. If you have run out of time but are nearly there, please let us know and we will inform your instructor. You will need to have worked through all the navigation sections and as as many other sections as possible. You can then complete the Day Skipper practical course but we will with hold your certificate until you have passed your theory exam.
Please remember the Day Skipper theory and Day Skipper practical course are both full courses with 40 hours of study for each. Your instructor will not be able to teach Day Skipper theory on your practical course and will expect you to have this knowledge.