RYA Day Skipper Theory

For aspiring skippers who wish to gain an entry level qualification enabling them to skipper sailing or motor yachts, including charter vessels,  in countries that require certification.


  • Free Trial
  • 14-day unconditional money-back guarantee
  • 25% off for 2 or more bookings
  • 12 months access
  • 24*7 Instructor Support  (from UK and Thailand)
  • Student Pack (2 charts, training almanac & course handbook)
  • RYA chart-plotter software
  • 13 fully-narrated lessons (not just the animations) including including realistic 3D graphics and embedded quizzes with instant feedback
  • 13 self-assessment exercises with fully worked answers 
  • Radar & AIS Training
  • Videos covering: updating paper charts, engine checks, dismasting, jury rig, flood control, firefighting, gas explosions, capsize, lifejacket checks, how to put on a lifejacket and what happens when it inflates, man-overboard recovery, launching and boarding a liferaft
  • Downloadable US Chart 1 (5011 equivalent) + 48 other downloadable or linked resources
  • Mock Exams with automatic feedback
  • 2 Final Online Exams with detailed instructor feedback and unlimited attempts. You can arrange your own invigilator. See exam guidance for more information.
  • Unlimited free exam resits
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Completion Certificate to support your practical course or a professional qualification
  • Download lessons to run offline on iPads, iPhones and Android Devices
  • 2 Years further access to training materials once you’ve completed the course
  • UK Delivery by First Class Post


  • Top quality Portland Plotter and brass chart dividers, £28
  • European delivery by Airmail Tracked & Signed For, £10
  • Worldwide delivery by Airmail Tracked & Signed for (where available), £20
  • Worldwide courier delivery, £35
  • Additional 6 months, £50 or 12 months, £80

RYA Day Skipper Theory Syllabus

  • Chart Familiarisation
  • Tidal Heights
  • Tidal Streams
  • The Compass & Position Fixing
  • Dead Reckoning & Estimated Position
  • Course to Steer
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Buoyage
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Planning
  • Meteorology
  • The Collision Regulations
  • Safety & Protection of The Environment

25%+ off for multiple bookings

Studying with friends or family is fun and tends to get better results


Order 2 or more courses and get a whopping 25% off every course. PLUS Order 5 or more courses and get one additional free place for every 5 students (ideal for larger families and sailing clubs). …..and not everybody has to study the same course.