RYA Day Skipper Theory

RYA Day Skipper Theory

Recommended to anyone who wishes to take the RYA Day Skipper Practical course.

RYA Day Skipper Theory courses are run throughout the year from our base in London.

Please have a look at our article "Is the RYA Day Skipper Theory course right for me?" for further information.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Content 

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.

Subjects include

  • Charts and publications
  • Tides and how to use them
  • Weather forecasting
  • Position fixing
  • Use of electronic navigation
  • Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

Short on time?

If you're short on time, why not try our Intensive Day Skipper course that combines RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical into one course.

RYA Theory Course Videos

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and Equinox Sailing Manual to accompany all our theory courses.

RYA Chart Plotter

Please download the RYA Chart Plotter before your course – an activation code will be provided for you in your first session.  The chart plotter is compatible with PC and Mac and will form part of the navigation element of your course.

Course Details

Previous experience required None
Duration 40 hours plus assessments and homework
Max instructor ratio 12:1
Cost £350

All training materials, RYA almanac and exams are included.
You will need to bring a pen, 2B pencil, eraser, paper and a Portland plotter and dividers.
We can provide a Portland plotter and dividers for £23. If you would like to order a set please mention when booking your course.

Information on the RYA Day Skipper Theory Exam can be found here.

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Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue your RYA qualifications and attend a RYA Day Skipper course?

Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?

Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?

RYA Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

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If you have any other questions please contact us or check out our FAQ page.