RYA Day Skipper Online Theory Course

RYA Day Skipper Online Theory Course

RYA Day Skipper Online Theory

Dayskipper theory online is 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. This course is an essential preparation and perquisite for our RYA Day Skipper Practical course.

The advantage of studying online is that you can complete the course in your own time in the comfort of your own home. The course is 40hours and you have one year to complete it. You will be set up with a username and password and a tutor online from our supplier Skippers Online. Furthermore you have our instructors at Lagoon Watersports on hand over email or phone to help with any problems. When your theory online is completed you can call/email us to arrange for the exam at our centre.

Included in the course

You will receive a student pack with the RYA Dayskipper Handbook, practice navigation charts and training almanac. The price also includes plotters, dividers and postage within the UK.

Course Content:

  • Seamanship
  • Chart familiarisation
  • Tidal heights & Tidal streams
  • Secondary ports
  • Position fixing
  • Dead reckoning
  • Estimated position
  • Course to steer
  • Using the GPS
  • Chartwork exam
  • Buoyage & pilotage
  • Safety
  • Meterology
  • Passage planning
  • Collision regulations
  • General exam

Recommended supplementary reading:

RYA Navigation Handbook
RYA Weather Handbook
International Rules for Preventing Collisions
Flip Cards

You can purchase the above as Ebooks on the RYA Website


Course objective:

You will be able to navigate around familiar waters during daylight hours


RYA Competent Crew practical course or equivalent experience


40 hours




Your home


This course expires after a year


Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 1 or email us.

Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

Book Your Session

Please contact us to book the online Day Skipper Theory course.

Typical Price: £323

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This course is taken online from your home.




Once you have booked your course we will email you a personal username and password. You will be given tutorials on the site but you can also email our instructors with the link on the training site if you need any further assistance.

To complete the course you will need the navigation pack which is included in the course cost. This includes the training charts, training almanac, plotters and dividers. We will post to the address you used when booking online, unless you notify us otherwise.

If you do not hear from us with your login details please email us or phone 01273 42 48 42 option 1.

Changing Bookings

When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.

If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss.  We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.

We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.

Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.

Course Cancellation Insurance

You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation through CancelSure. Guide cost is £12 for the first £100 of cover and then £6 per additional £100 of cover.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges

You may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :

• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit

• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.

The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:

• More than 4 weeks before course/event  –  90% discount on full brochure rates

• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates

• 13 days  – 72 hours before course/event –  50% discount on full brochure rates

• 72 hours or less  –  25% discount on full brochure rates

For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:

4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £20

2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50

3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100

24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather

On some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.

On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.

If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.


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