RYA Day Skipper Online Theory Course

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RYA Day Skipper Theory Courses

The Dayskipper Theory is a perfect course for those wishing to go day sailing or Motor boating in tidal and Non tidal waters. The theory is a prerequisite to the RYA 5 day Dayskipper Sail practical or the 4 day Motor cruiser course.

This online Dayskipper Theory Course is delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre with 15 years of experience specialising in online training.

Study time: Approximately 50 hours.
Certification: RYA Day Skipper Theory.
Assessment: Included and online.
Duration: There is a 6 month access period with an admin fee to extend.

Syllabus for the RYA Day Skipper Online 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.

The Online Course:

  • RYA Day Skipper certificate on completion
  • No pre course knowledge is required
  • Free boat handling animations designed to help you during your practical course
  • Your RYA pack is sent out at the latest the next day
  • Up to two years access to learning materials after completion
  • Six months free access with the option to extend in six monthly intervals
  • Help via email, phone or Skype 7 days a week 0700 until 1900 UK
    Optional voice over gives you the choice
  • Free plotter dividers (when you book directly with Navathome)
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory pack.

We help you every step of the way:

When filling in answers to RYA questions using our innovative form system, the auto-help feature will give you instant help if your answers are incorrect. This is followed by help from our instructors who will be available from 0700 until 2000 hours seven days a week.

    • Recently added ‘Hint’ buttons make it easy to remember the steps required to answer questions and obtain a successful conclusion:
    • Optional voice over gives you the choice.
    • Do your theory in the comfort of your own home
    • No classroom pressure pressure to keep up
    • You can study when ever you feel like it and when you have the time.
  • Six months access with the option to extend.
  • 15 years experience in RYA online learning.

The contract is between Navathome.com and the student. Please make sure your read Navathome terms and conditions.

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