RYA Theory Courses

RYA Theory Courses

RYA theory courses are designed to help you unravel the mysteries of navigation, pilotage, passage planning and meteorology. They are great as stand alone courses but also complement our various practical training courses.

Our theory courses normally run in London and can be scheduled to fit around your busy life- we can run courses over evenings, weekends, or at your place of work.

Whether you are a sailor or a motor boater our shore based courses equip would-be and experienced skippers with enough knowledge, at least in theory, to go afloat and take charge of a yacht.


Equinox Sailing offers the following RYA theory courses:

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course

A course for new and improving boaters. Modules include Passage Planning, Tides, Weather, Electronic Navigation, Anchoring, Pilotage, Charts, Safety, Navigation, Rules of the Road and Buoyage.

The online Essential Navigation and Seamanship course enables you to work through the course at your own speed and in your own time.

More details about the course can be found on our RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship page.
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to enroll on the course.

RYA Day Skipper Theory course

A comprehensive introduction to navigation and safety this course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

More details about the course can be found on RYA Day Skipper Theory page.
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to enroll on the course.

RYA Yachtmaster Theory course

An advanced course that builds on the knowledge gained on the shorebased RYA Day Skipper  Theory course. It is aimed at sailors who are looking to undertake more complex passages perhaps offshore or at night. This course is a must for those looking to work towards taking the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams.

More details about the course can be found on RYA Yachtmaster Theory page.

Contact us to enroll on the course.

Sailing Workshops

We are running a series of practical workshops at the Bishops Finger, Smithfield, London on Thursday evenings. Why not join us for a think and a drink this winter.

More details and dates of the workshops can be found on Sailing Workshops page.

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Unsure which course is right for you? We will attempt to explain the broad, and sometimes confusing, range of sailing courses available.