Day Skipper Theory (online)

This course is run by To book this course please contact our office on 01436 640303 or by email  – 


RYA Day Skipper online theory is an enjoyable entry-level shorebased course that gives a rounded and practical introduction to the basics of navigation. The course is delivered fully online enabling you to complete it from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. All course materials are provided in a handy navigator’s bag: including paper charts, training almanac, shorebased notes, Portland plotter, and dividers. Instructor support and the cost of the exams is also included in your course price.

The Day Skipper syllabus is designed to give a new skipper the confidence to plan and safely undertake daytime passages. It covers the basics of chartwork, tidal systems, seamanship, meteorology, and collision regulations. It also deals with coming in and out of the harbor and the factors to consider when looking for an anchorage.

Next Steps

Armed with your newly-acquired theory knowledge, you are able to undertake the RYA Day Skipper practical course, which is taught over 4 days.

Upon completion of both your RYA Day Skipper practical and theory course certificates, you are also able to apply for an ICC (International Certificate of Competence). Holding your ICC means you can bareboat charter a motor boat in many countries worldwide.

About Sailing Course Online

This online theory course is delivered by our partner company, Sailing Course Online, who are an RYA Recognised Training Centre specializing in online training. The course content is specifically delivered for an online experience, with bite-sized modules, regular auto-marked tests, and full support from the instructors at Sailing Course Online whenever you need them.

By booking a RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster™ online theory course you are agreeing to Sailing Course Online’s terms and conditions. Access the full Sailing Course Online terms and conditions here

Fast Help Whenever You Need It

Just because your course is online, doesn’t mean the support you get is remote as well. Use the email button in your Classroom for fast help with minor queries or arrange a telephone/video call for a more in-depth conversation.

The instructors who support Sailing Course Online are additionally RYA Yachtmaster™ Instructors. They’re 100% committed to giving you friendly and knowledgeable assistance. All exams are manually marked and helpful feedback is provided.

Course dates:

Any time


This is an online course which you can complete in your own time. You will have up to 8 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, and the RYA Training Almanac. The workbook that you complete as the course proceeds is 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.