rya day skipper online course

Day Skipper Theory Course

A comprehensive introduction to chartwork navigation meteorology and the basics of seamanship. Invaluable for learning how to start making decisions on board and if you are considering taking the Day Skipper practical course.Find centres running this course Or Download course brochureScheme TypeNavigationBeginnerIntermediateAshoreOnlineRequired experience

Some practical experience is desirable.Minimum duration

40 hours plus exam time.Minimum age

NoneContent

Seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations, seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electroSee moreCertificate issuing criteria

Background knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.Format

This course can be taken in the classroom, online or by distance learning.Looking for something else?

RYA Day Skipper Theory Online

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Day Skipper online training

No classroom pressureCan be completed worldwideMore content and informationComplete the course at times convenient for youExtra lessons on practical skillsAssessments can be taken in your own homeProven pass rate for over 5000 studentsYou have a statutory right to opt out of the course within 14 days of booking

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The Day Skipper online theory course is ideal for those without any navigation experience but also for those who have been sailing for years but have not had any formal training.
The course takes approximately 40 hours to complete with an assessment of 2 parts (1.5 hours for each) taken in one sitting.

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RYA Day Skipper  Theory Syllabus

Basics

General seamanship; parts of the boat; tying up alongside; preparation for sea; knots and tacking.

Using charts; depth contours’ three-point fix; plotting a course to steer allowing for tidal set and drift; position fixing by various means and estimated position, taking into account tidal set and drift.

Tidal streams

Tidal streams to plot courses to steer and for estimating position:
Using a tidal diamond table and the tidal stream atlas, to work out the tidal set and drift for various times of day and compensating for spring and neap tides.

Passage planning

An introduction to planning short daytime passages using waypoints and visual aids.

Tidal heights

Working out the height of tide for entering ports, crossing shallows and avoiding grounding:
using the tidal height tables, allowing for springs and neap tides; basic secondary port calculations, allowing for time differences.

Collision regulations

Basic collision regulations: collision avoidance; the correct lights to use; how to identify types of vessels from their lights; how to recognise a vessel by its day shapes, and what day shapes to use for various situations; sound signals and their uses.

Electronic navigation

Using onboard electronic equipment: chart plotters; depth / wind instruments and more.

Weather

Causes of weather systems: reading and taking into account present and future weather forecasts; understanding weather charts and sources of weather information.

Buoyage

How to recognise buoys by their characteristics: shape; colour; action to take when approaching one.

Safety

Basic safety at sea: using life rafts; life jackets; how to handle and use flares; types of firefighting equipment and fire prevention; how to make mayday calls and ways of making other vessel aware that there is a mayday situation.

Why People Choose Us

Navathome is one of the longest providers of RYA courses online. Our automated feedback systems, animated graphics and optional voice-overs give a learning experience unmatched by any of our competitors.

Fast access

Access to you course is immediate when you book, and your learning can start straight away.

Dedicated Team

You are provided with backup and help by our RYA Ocean Yachtmaster instructors.

Support seven days a week

Your instructor will be available from 0900 until 1900 seven days a week to provide help and support should you need it.

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Our Team

Salomon TheinertOcean Instructor

SALOMON THEINERT

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Marie EasomUK Distributor

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David FriendIT manager

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Hayley BusbyOcean Instructor

HAYLEY BUSBY

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Vic PunchSenior design

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Georgina WalePrincipal

GEORGINA WALE

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Lyn PunchInstructor

LYN PUNCH

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Amanda TrubyOcean Instructor

AMANDA TRUBY

  • RYA YMOI

Salomon TheinertOcean Instructor

SALOMON THEINERT

  • RYA YMOI

Marie EasomUK Distributor

MARIE EASOM

David FriendIT manager

DAVID FRIEND

Hayley BusbyOcean Instructor

HAYLEY BUSBY

  • RYA YMOI

Vic PunchSenior design

VIC PUNCH

  • RYA YMOI

Georgina WalePrincipal

GEORGINA WALE

  • RYA YMOI

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ABOUT US

Navathome has been established for over ten years and has been developing RYA online theory courses for over 15 years. This is why Navathome is so far ahead in design, teaching methods and systems. Navathome does not use a learning platform. All of our courses are designed and written by us, being adapted to suit the type of learning required.

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