RYA Day Skipper theory

(37 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 Guildford County School. Classes run over 6 Tuesday evenings (6pm – 10pm) 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, likeminded 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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running our classroom-based courses using Zoom. We follow the same format as we would if attending a classroom course, but you can participate in the comfort & safety of your own home!

The course comes with the same suite of online resources we use for our classroom course, designed to support you between sessions, including online exercises, to re-enforce the topics that have been discussed during the lesson.

You will need a reasonable internet connection as we stream the instructor-led lessons live. Using Zoom, you are able to interact with the instructor, ask questions and get the support you need to successfully complete the course.

You can join the sessions using your desktop, tablet or mobile devices, however, we recommend having a tablet-sized screen or above in order to easily view the instructor-shared assets.

Our RYA shorebased classes are run from the fabulous facilities at Guildford County School. 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.

37 reviews for RYA Day Skipper theory

  1. Kevin OSullivan (verified owner)

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    The course was well structured and engagingly presented by Marcus who has a clear passion for sailing. The supporting course material was excellent and worked well for an online course. One of the highlights of the whole lock-down period!

  2. Nastasha OSullivan (verified owner)

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    Marcus was a great teacher. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend to anyone!

  3. Helen (verified owner)

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    Marcus went through the syllabus in excellent detail and visual aids were great. Happy to go over things more than once to ensure you’ve understood and able to give multiple explanations to aid understanding. Thoroughly recommend the Day Skipper Theory Course with Marcus

  4. Emma B. (verified owner)

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    Fantastic course and the perfect way to get a good sailing fix whilst we can’t go on the water. Marcus is a highly dedicated, patient and inspiring teacher and I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to sail or navigate, it’s the perfect foundation and Marcus makes it easy to understand. Thanks Marcus – will miss the Tuesday and Thursday evenings!

  5. Andy Hamilton (verified owner)

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    Marcus delivered a superb digital, online version of his classroom training for Day Skipper Theory.

    It is no mean feat to transform the classroom teaching onto a Zoom class and Marcus did this brilliantly, keeping us all engaged and progressing through the coursework to a successful outcome!

    This is a teaching method for the future, bridging the gap between the classroom and online only courses. Well done Marcus, it was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for getting me to the point I could pass the course.

    Cheers Andy

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