The RYA Day Skipper Theory Qualification is the ideal entry point for anyone wishing to learn the theory required to navigate a small craft in familiar waters and is the essential course before taking the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course.

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Qualification

The RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is for those who want to obtain and develop the skills to manage and take charge of a small craft safely in daytime in familiar waters. With this RYA qualification, successful students are awarded the Day Skipper Theory Certificate and it is the basis for the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course.

No previous experience is required for anyone wishing to study the RYA Day Skipper Theory Qualification, although some experience on water is beneficial. Some boating experience is advantageous but the course is aimed at anyone wishing to learn enough to safely and confidently navigate in local waters by day. Successful students are awarded the RYA Day Skipper Theory Certificate and it is the current qualification required to complete the Day Skipper Practical course and apply for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

The RYA Day Skipper Theory Qualification is applicable for both power and sail students, in both tidal and non-tidal situations.

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Modules

  • Nautical Terms
  • Ropework
  • Anchoring
  • Safety at Sea
  • Navigation Drawing Instruments
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Rules
  • Buoyage
  • Position, Course and Speed
  • Charts
  • Tides
  • Tidal Streams
  • Echo Sounder
  • Position Fix
  • GPS and Electronic Navigation Aids
  • Visual Aids To Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Passage Planning
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Marine Environment
  • RYA Day Skipper General Exam
  • RYA Day Skipper Chartwork Exam

45 hours with 2 examination papers is the likely duration for the RYA Day Skipper Theory course. Additional reading and study materials are suggested, and further practice exercises are provided.

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