Day Skipper Theory (online)

The RYA Dayskipper Theory course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for less experienced skippers. This course equips you with appropriate theory knowledge to undertake short coastal passages by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. We are offering this course on behalf of another RYA Training Centre – Navathome.

Navathome are an RYA Training Centre specialising in on line courses. When you sign up to undertake this course with us you are agreeing to Navathome’s terms and conditions of business. The instructors supporting you through the course are working for Navathome as they provide this support to you.

To view Navathomes’ terms and conditions, please click here.

Course dates:

Any time


This is an online course which you can complete in your own time. You will have up to 6 months to complete it. Extensions are available for those who wish to extend beyond the initial 6 months period – there is a charge for this.


You get a full RYA Day Skipper Theory Course pack which includes course notes, RYA Training Charts, RYA Training Almanac and a link to the RYA's electronic training chart plotter. The workbook that you complete as the course proceeds are also yours allowing you to practice again after the course if you wish. You also get a course completion certificate upon successfully passing the end of course tests.


  • When you have completed the online course you will sit 2 papers – one focuses on the chartwork aspects of the course and the other focuses on the general knowledge obtained through the course, (including IRPCS, safety, buoyage)
  • The course addresses everything that comes up in the papers and you will have worked through many examples of similar questions leading up to the final assessments.
  • You can either sit the examinations on your own on your computer or if you prefer then you can do so at no charge at our Training Center in Rhu Marina. If you would want to use the qualification commercially then the end of course test will need to be invigilated – please contact us to discuss this option.

No prior boating experience is necessary.