Day Skipper Online

The RYA Online Day Skipper course is a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. Invaluable for learning how to start making decisions on board.

The course normally costs £295 but if you book now there is a special offer discount of £50 which means you only pay £245

Online Day Skipper Theory Course

This course covers Sail, Powerboat and Motorboat and is a full functioning learning programme with animated graphics and quizzes that give immediate results. The Day Skipper courses even work on mobile devices, so you can learn on the go!

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The price you pay for the RYA online Day Skipper course includes: A free course pack (normally priced at £63) consisting of training charts, Almanac, exercises pack, Day Skipper shorebased booklet, an electronic Chartplotter voucher, and your certificate. We even include a free Bretton type plotter and a pair of brass dividers so all you need to add is a pencil and rubber.

Unlike other online learning organisations, this course does not use video CD but a FULLY interactive learning suite.

No matter where you are in the world, the Day Skipper course can be tailored to your requirements.

A fully RYA approved online Day Skipper course

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 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 answers will be forwarded to your instructor, who will provide personal feedback and help in the areas required.

You will receive RYA Certification on satisfactory completion of the course.

Also included in your course price is UK postage. Postage outside of the UK will be charged at cost.

This RYA online Day Skipper course is provided by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training,

By clicking a payment button you are agreeing to Navathome’s terms and conditions available here.

Where ever you purchase your course, as with all courses, the quality of the course will be greatly influenced by the quality of the Instructor. By clicking the add to cart button below and only available from this web site, your course Instructor will be Peter. Peter is a very experienced RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor with over 25 years experience of providing RYA tuition to students of all abilities.

Peter has extensively sailed the Atlantic, Caribbean, Irish sea, English Channel, North Sea, Inland waterways of Holland, Aegean and the Mediterranean and whilst Peter will quite happily assist the highly experienced Seafarer in obtaining top end qualifications, Peter particularly enjoys helping beginners achieve their own personal goals.

The course normally costs £295 but if you book now there is a special offer discount of £50 which means you only pay £245

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Course topics include:

  • the basics of seamanship
  • the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • chartwork
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting and meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations
  • construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

There is a six-month initial access period. In the unlikely event that you will need an extension, there is an option to extend as many times as you like until you pass your assessment. The cost of administrating each 6-month extension, beyond the initial 6 months, is £30.

Multi course purchases

There is a 10% discount for 2 courses purchased at the same time and 15% for three or more.

For 2 courses, just click the add to cart button . For 3 or more, use the drop down below (down arrow to the right) to select the number of courses required and then click the add to cart button.

Day Skipper Multiple courses

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Full Day Skipper Syllabus

Day Skipper (shorebased) Syllabus

A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn to start making decisions onboard.

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

Pack Shipping details

Packs will be delivered for free to UK and most of Europe. However, due to postage problems, Spain, Italy and Portugal now have to go by courier at an additional cost of £30. US and Canada £30 and the rest of the world £40

Packs to Russia must go to a Business address.

Unfortunately, Sailtrain 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.

Details of any special delivery requirements should be provided in the notes section of your Booking form.