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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course - Comprehensive Introduction to Seamanship Skills for Inexperienced Skippers

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

The Day Skipper theory course is suitable for newcomers to navigation theory and also covers the theory requirements for experienced sailors wishing to reach International Certificate of Competence (ICC) knowledge level


The course will set you on the road to navigation expertise - whether you want to day sail or move on to crew superyachts. Tides, lights, weather and planning passages are just a few of the topics that you will soon learn to master.

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Day Skipper Online Training

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The RYA course is suitable for those with a range of sailing experience, from newcomer to experienced. As the course is self-paced, you can spend more time on topics that are new to you, and move more quickly through subjects where you might just need to top-up your knowledge.

Day Skipper Course Content

  • Nautical Terms
  • The Magnetic Compass
  • Position, Course and Speed
  • Tides
  • Tidal Streams
  • Buoyage
  • Ropework
  • Pilotage
  • GPS & Electronic Aids to Navigation
  • Echo Sounders
  • Navigation Drawing Instruments
  • Charts
  • Meteorology
  • Rule of the Road
  • Safety at Sea
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  • Passage Planning
  • Marine Environment
  • Anchoring
  • Visual Aids To Navigation
  • Position Fix