RYA Day Skipper theory

(46 customer reviews)


The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a great entry point to the RYA theory syllabus. It’s a comprehensive introduction to navigation and cruising for new skippers providing the necessary tools to ensure you put out to sea safely.

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5 Star rated RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

Course formats

Evening classes are run over 6 weeks at Godalming College. Classes run over 6 evenings (6pm – 9:30pm) and 1 weekend. Great for those who want to have structure and timetable to their learning. It’s also a great way to meet new, like-minded people.

Online courses are taken at your own pace with full support from a qualified RYA instructor. Ideal for those constrained with time or who want to study in the comfort of their own home. Online courses are provided by Skippers Online Limited.

Virtual classes are run ‘live’ using video conferencing software, Zoom (see the schedule for dates & times of each course). Supporting materials are provided online. Combining the best of both worlds, you can learn from the comfort of your own home but with the structure of a classroom course.

Course Overview

You’ll learn about boat safety, charts and navigation techniques including integrated navigation using both paper and electronic chart plotter (GPS) tools.

Whilst building on the Essential Navigation course, many people start with the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course. You will develop skills to enable you to navigate safely in familiar waters during the day whilst being introduced to the factors to consider when making a passage at night. You’ll learn how to plan and prepare for a day on the water including understanding weather forecasts (meteorology) and passage and pilotage planning. You’ll also cover topics such as coastal navigation, tidal considerations and chart plotting techniques such as course to steer.

The course also covers safety equipment including the correct distress procedures and, importantly, the ‘rules of the road’. For the full syllabus, click here. This is a great way to build on your existing knowledge or to get you started in the world of safe seamanship and navigation. On successful completion of the course, you’ll be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Theory certificate.

Marcus is an engaging trainer and uses his obvious copious knowledge to make the course both valuable and accessible. I personally valued the classroom setting together with the online access to module material. Thanks, Marcus.

Our 5 star rated Day Skipper course, run and supported by a muti-Fastnet Race skipper, will provide you with the confidence to take the next step in your sailing journey. Whatever your experience, as the course reviews will tell you, this carefully curated delivery layers the knowledge required to get you confidently navigating. There’s a focus on ensuring you stay safe whilst using practical, real-world examples to ensure you navigated efficiently.

Marcus is an excellent teacher and the course was perfectly balanced with technical information and instruction, as well as being fun and most importantly practical, which left me feeling confident and wanting to learn more and sail as soon as possible. I will miss the Tuesday night lessons. Thank you Marcus!

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to find out more or want to confirm this is the right course for you.

Our RYA shorebased classes are run from the fabulous facilities at Godalming College. Learning in a group classroom environment is fun and offers a way to make new sailing friends as well as pick up tips’n’tricks from like-minded people.It’s a relaxed environment and you’ll have plenty of time to ask the instructor questions.

There’s plenty of free parking on site.

46 reviews for RYA Day Skipper theory

  1. Belinda Hart (verified owner)

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    Marcus explains everything really clearly and at a speed that is neither too fast nor too slow. I wondered how it would be doing the course on zoom but have been pleasantly surprised at how effective it was. Thanks very much for a great course well developed and delivered.

  2. Russ Green (verified owner)

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    This is a great online course , Marcus is friendly patient and knowledgeable . I would highly recommend .

  3. David Ness (verified owner)

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    Marcus led a very informative 14 session online course. I found it most enjoyable and will use many of the lessons learned in the future. Would I recommend it ? Absolutely…..

  4. Christian Toll (verified owner)

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    Loved every minute of it, thank you, great job!

  5. Daniel Latham (verified owner)

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    10/10 would recommend
    Marcus was great, everything was explained in detail
    The course was very well structured, easy to follow and very enjoyable

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