RYA Day Skipper Syllabus

The RYA Day Skipper Theory Course is the perfect introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers and those with limited knowledge of navigational theory. From the very basics of seamanship the course syllabus builds students to a competent level of theoretical understanding.

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Syllabus

The Splash RYA Day Skipper theory course introduces the student to all the basic areas of navigation and seamanship and also goes beyond the standard required for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

Our RYA Day Skipper theory course introduces and builds the student up to a competent level of navigation of a small craft in daylight. The RYA Day Skipper theory course gives the student a sound base on which to build the navigation skills by experience and is for anyone wishing to learn the theory required to navigate a small craft in home waters. The Splash RYA Day Skipper theory course is divided into manageable sized modules, addressing the RYA syllabus and the chapter headings are given below:

Nautical Terms

The Magnetic Compass

Position, Course and Speed


Tidal Streams




GPS & Electronic Aids to Navigation

Echo Sounders

Navigation Drawing Instruments



Rule of the Road

Safety at Sea

Navigation in Restricted Visibility

Passage Planning

Marine Environment


Visual Aids To Navigation

Position Fix

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