The RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is a full and comprehensive introduction to seamanship skills for inexperienced skippers. Covering all you need to know for safe cruising, this course is for those who want to develop the skills to manage and take charge of a small craft safely in daytime in familiar waters.

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

The RYA Day Skipper Course is for anyone wishing to learn the theory required to navigate a small craft in home waters. It is designed to be studied online, at your own pace.

Our RYA Day Skipper Theory Course introduces and builds the student up to a competent level of navigation of a small craft. The course includes position plotting, allowing for tides, interpreting lights and shapes used and understanding the rules of the road that apply to all vessels.

Meteorology is another key area covered in the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course and leads the student to good understanding of the effects of weather systems on vessels at sea.

Along with passage planning and other subjects, the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course gives the student a sound base on which to build the navigation skills by experience.

Remember - there are no hidden extras with Splash Sea School; our price for the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course includes Plotter with drawing tools and all the books needed.

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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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