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Recommended Reading: RYA Day Skipper Handbook Sail (G71), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster scheme and syllabus (G158)
Course Prerequisites: Some sailing experience is helpful, although not essential
Minimum Age: No minimum but Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult. Persons aged 16+ can be unaccompanied subject to other pre-requisites having been met
This course will enable students to safely plan and undertake day passages in familiar waters, understand navigational lights and buoys, with a theoretical introduction to making a night passage, returning to a port of safe haven. This is the gateway theory course to chartering yachts anywhere in the UK and the world. With the skills learnt on the course you will have a good, solid grounding ready to start your adventures.
The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is designed for anyone who has a basic sailing knowledge who wants to undertake further training in order to become a safe and competent Skipper. Successful completion of this course and the RYA Day Skipper Practical course qualifies students for their International Certificate of Competence (ICC), allowing them to confidently plan and complete passages in familiar waters and charter yachts in the UK and abroad.
As a guide we would recommend an absolute minimum of five days (or 100 nautical miles) of tidal waters yacht sailing experience as an active crew member. This requirement is usually obtained by taking the RYA Competent Crew course. However, If you are short of a few days experience then why not try one of our sailing mile builders!
We sometimes find that students with less than this level of experience struggle to pass and complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.
The course covers the basics of seamanship, nautical terms, rope-work, anchor-work, the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage, chart-work, and publications for navigation, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, dead reckoning and estimating your position, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations, day shapes and lights, construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat, stability and boat characteristics, emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts.
Please be aware that RYA Day Skipper Courses completed in the Solent and other tidal waters are demanding. This course is held in high regard with yacht charter companies worldwide due to the challenging waters, winds, tides and busy waterways you will encounter. Courses run in the non-tidal waters of the Mediterranean are generally not accepted by the UK yacht charter industry. Our Day Skipper course also qualifies you for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).
Courses run in a single format:
For some people attending a 5 day Day Skipper Theory course or an evening class over 26 weeks is not an easy option. So why not do it online!
One alternative is to undertake the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course online in the comfort of your own home in front of your PC.
We have teamed up with NAVATHOME to offer easy to follow on-line theory courses with the added advantage that you can submit your answers on-line and find out if your answers are correct with instant feedback as you go.
You will need access to a computer / ipad / smartphone but there is nothing to download, everything is accessible online.
Full tutor support is provided with an experienced RYA instructor. We are so confident that you will find this Day Skipper Theory Course Online delivered by Navathome.com both clear and easy to follow that we offering you the chance to attend a FREE Day Skipper Theory Course Online ‘Theory Clinic’ at Gosport Marina if required as many times as you like until you have completed the course.
There are detailed explanations on each subject with interactive graphics which can be clicked through forwards and backwards.
You can even try the course with a free trial!
The course fee includes:
Please note that by completing the booking you are agreeing to the terms and conditions
Packs to Russia must go to a Business address.
All packs must be signed-for so make sure you or someone will be available to accept the package.
Navathome will not accept responsibility for Packs sent to Marinas, or C/o addresses. If the pack goes missing after it has been signed for the student will be liable for the cost of the replacement pack.
Postage to some of Europe you will be invoiced for this after your purchase is complete. Charges are £40 for postage. Please ensure there will be someone to sign for your package*
Sailing is always about the journey, an adventure you embark upon every time you set sail!
The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is one of the best introductions to navigation that a budding Skipper can get. This course will give you a good working knowledge of how to pilot a boat from port to port. It’s a perfect starting point to give you the best foundation, enabling you to continue your sailing career all the way through to a professional Skipper.
To make the most out of your time on the course with us my advice is to make sure you have the right experience before doing the course. You should have the basic skill sets of being able to identify all the parts of a sailing yacht, know how a compass works and ideally have some practical sailing experience. We always recommend that the student does some advance reading of books included in our “recommended reading” list at the top of the page.