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If you want the freedom to learn about the wonderful art of navigating a sailing yacht or motor cruiser, in your own time and wherever you want, the Online RYA Day Skipper Theory course is the first step of your adventure. This course is delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in On-line training with whom we have had a long association with. They more than meet our stringent quality standards..

There are no pre-course requirements for the RYA Day Skipper theory course but some sailing knowledge is helpful. Ideally some sailing experience on an RYA practical course such as Competent crew or some dinghy sailing is sufficient but not essential. Even a flotilla holiday with friends is enough to give you a good idea why you should enrol in the RYA Day Skipper theory course. 

Why you should choose this course. 

Fantastic step by step active animations make every section of the course easy to follow and come to life. In addition you have an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor to help if needed.

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Priced at £245 for the Day Skipper the RYA course pack contains course notes, Training Almanac, RYA Training charts, a download link for the RYA plotter simulator, connection to the online course and questions. Along with a free Portland type plotter and a pair of brass dividers.

Postage is included within the UK and you will receive personal help throughout your course from our fully qualified RYA Instructor. 

Your course will not expire until you pass you will never need to buy the course again. Your access last 6 months after which there is a £30 option to renew as many times as you like until you pass. You can also put your course on hold if you go through a patch where you are unable to continue. 

Extended access

Once you have completed and passed your course you have free access to the lessons for two years.

Support, feedback and help

You will be tutored/supported by an experienced RYA St. Thomas More Sailing instructor working on behalf of We do not run practical courses so the attention of our instructors is devoted to being available and able to assist you whenever you need it. You are also welcome to come along to our free drop-in sessions at our base here at St. Thomas More Catholic Academy to help with any of the tricker stuff.

More information

You can book your course on line and be working straight away on the sections where the RYA pack is not needed. Your RYA pack will normally be posted first class within 1 working day.

Do your theory in the comfort of your own home and you are not under pressure to keep up, can do it whenever you feel like it and when you have the time.

Working with us, you have the opportunity to gain your Day Skipper theory certificate with distinction. The courses are full of animated graphics that take you step by step through every lesson.

Our prices are very competitive given the quality of the courses, the feedback we give and the friendly relationship we build with our students.

Syllabus for the RYA Day Skipper On-line theory course

  • Seamanship:- includes parts of the boat, types of warp, knots, chain, anchoring, tying up, preparation for sea and port or starboard tack.
  • Introduction to chart work:- chart Familiarisation, points of the compass, latitude and longitude, position of an object, using a Portland type plotter, finding position on a chart.
  • Tidal heights and streams:- what causes tides, terminology, tidal height calculations, using tide tables, using the tidal curve, introduction to secondary ports, tidal streams using tidal diamonds and the tidal stream atlas.
  • Position fixing:- compass variation, compass deviation, position fixing using various methods, dead reckoning and estimated position.
  • Course to steer:- How to plot a course to steer taking into account tidal flow and leeway, how to maintain an accurate ground track.
  • GPS:- Abbreviations and terminology, how to use a GPS, raster and vector charts and updating charts.
  • Buoyage and pilotage:- Available information, identification of buoys and their lights and shapes, using forward and back bearings, using tidal graphs.
  • Safety:- Safety briefs, mayday and rescue, life jackets, abandon ship, actions in fog and radar reflectors.
  • Meteorology:- Weather forecasts, weather systems, global effects, local effects, highs and lows and sources of weather information.
  • Passage planning:- Puts everything together to form a plan for a safe passage taking into account pilotage for entering and leaving marinas and tides, conditions and wind direction for the main passage.
  • Collision regulations:- General regulations, lights, shapes, sound signals, collision avoidance, stand on and give way.
  • Passage making:-  Making a longer passage taking into account tidal heights, streams, port entry and exit, weather, ports of refuge, waypoints, crew management and supplies.

Essential information on your Data

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with Navathome via This training website and database is held and maintained on a secure server. Navathome is an RYA training centre which specialises in online navigation training and will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.


To purchase and access the On-line course is simple! As all you need to do is to Book and then Pay On-line using the link below, and we will send you your course pack, supporting information (by post) and log-in details (by email) to get you started.

Please allow 5 days for delivery.

Once you have received your email you can log onto your account using your User name and Password and work through the exercises at your own pace, with the knowledge that support should you need it is just a click or a phone call away. 

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