Course Overview

The RYA Online Day Skipper theory course is a prelude to the practical Day Skipper Course and equips the aspiring skipper with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.

In the Day Skipper theory course students are taught the basics of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage including chartwork, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, a knowledge of tides and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea. The first time you safely navigate to a new destination will give you an immense feeling of satisfaction. As well as navigation the RYA Day Skipper theory course will give students an understanding of different yacht types and the equipment they carry as well as safety procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and liferafts.

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RYA Day Skipper Practical or put your skills to the test on one of our Adventure sailing trips to build miles.


This course is delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training, to book this course please contact Bacchus Yachting on 02392 520 200.

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Price : £285.00

Pre-Course Experience

No experience required.

Assumed Knowledge

Some practical experience is desirable

Student Instructor Ratio

This is an online course- Instructor access is included


40 hours plus exam time. PC and Mac compatible

Course Content

A comprehensive online introduction to seamanship, basic navigation, pilotage, safety procedures and Collision Regulations for use in local waters

Ability after Course

Knowledge to support you during your Day Skipper practical course

Course Syllabus
  1. Nautical terms
  • Parts of a boat and hull
  • General nautical terminology
  1. Ropework
  • Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
  1. Anchorwork
  • Characteristics of different types of anchor
  • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
  1. 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
  1. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)
  • General rules (all other rules)
  1. Definition of position, course and speed
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Knowledge of standard navigational terms
  • True bearings and courses
  • The knot
  1. Navigational charts and publications
  • Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
  • Navigational publications in common use
  • Chart correction
  1. Navigational drawing instruments
  • Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
  1. Compass
  • Application of variation
  • Awareness of deviation and its causes
  • Use of hand-bearing compass
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. Visual aids to navigation
  • Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog
  1. 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
  1. Marine environment
  • Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment

What’s Included

  • All course materials including RYA Day Skipper theory course notes and a plotter and divider set
  • Six months access to the course which is extendable for a small fee, Course Pack, Training Almanac, Plotter and Dividers, Email and phone assistance by qualified instructors and Postage to mainland UK (surcharge applies for overseas)

Course Availability

Available at any time, six months access to the course which is extendable for a small fee, online study gives you the flexibility to complete this in your own time.

Our Details

Call us to book now on 02392 520 200


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