Online Day Skipper Theory Courses

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.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Lots of nautical jargon including names for different parts of a boat
  • How to read a chart
  • How to plot a position from a GPS or from compass bearings
  • A few knots
  • How to use electronic navigation aids including an electronic chart plotter
  • How the sun and the moon effect the tides
  • Measuring speed & distance and keeping logs
  • How to measure tides - the direction they flow and their height
  • How to plot a course from A to B if the tide is pushing you one way and the wind in another direction
  • How to plan safe trips
  • Some essential safety knowledge, such as procedures for emergency situations
  • Some 'rules of the road' to prevent collisions with other vessels. What to do if...
  • How to interpret the BBC shipping forecast
  • What weather to expect when you see lots of high cloud and you notice the barometer falling
  • Lots about buoyage, sound signals, lights and various shapes displayed by other vessels
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Learn On Your Terms

Ideal if you want to learn at your own pace, this RYA Online Day Skipper Theory Course is a comprehensive, step-by-step introduction to the basics of cruising.

It doesn't matter if you've got a lot of sailing experience (but little time at the chart table) or none whatsoever - lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format so you won't get left behind. The course is fully compatible with PC, Mac and iPad, and you’ll be sent a comprehensive set of materials to provide a hands-on dimension to your learning.

Learning online is a more flexible option for those with busy schedules - you can learn whenever you want, for as long as you want and an instructor will always be on hand to help if you need more guidance.

" Brilliant course. The flexibility of this online course allowed me to work swiftly and efficiently, dipping in and out according to MY own schedule.. I would HIGHLY recommend this course to anyone thinking about taking this qualification."


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Why Take the Day Skipper Theory Course?

You’ll be presented with the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate upon completion of the course. The knowledge you’ll gain will put you in good stead to progress to the RYA Day Skipper Practical course, where your newly acquired knowledge will be put to great use at sea.

Completing the practical course will then qualify you to charter and skipper a small cruising yacht on short passages during daytime hours.

There’s plenty more opportunities to progress further if you want to take your sailing further. Who knows where studying the fundamentals of sailing at home will take you?

Book your Online Day Skipper Theory course today - or if you would like to find out more about this course, call First Class Sailing on 0203 006 3717.

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