RYA Day Skipper theory

RYA Day Skipper theory course


Sunsail’s RYA Day Skipper theory course is a fully comprehensive, five-day course, either shore-based in the classroom or online. The classroom course is available from our UK Sailing School in Port Solent, Portsmouth on selected dates throughout the year. The Sunsail online RYA Day Skipper theory course is offered through Sailing Course Online, which enables you to complete the course online, from the comfort of your own home.

The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a recognised qualification covering chart work, tidal systems, seamanship, meteorology and collision regulations.

The course also deals with coming in and out of the harbour and the factors to consider when looking for an anchorage. 

The course aims to teach students how to apply theoretical knowledge to their practical sailing skills and is recommended prior to taking the Day Skipper practical course.

Full Course details

Some practical experience is desirable although not essential.
Assumed Knowledge
40 hrs online study
Coastal navigation and pilotage
Electronic charts
Position fixing
Plotting a course to steer
Weather forecasting and meteorology
Collision regulations
Ability after Course
This course equips you with enough knowledge to understand how to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. Successfully gaining your certificate will enable you to confidently progress with your Day Skipper practical course.

Where to take this course with Sunsail

Portsmouth, UK


Why take this course with Sunsail?

The RYA Day Skipper Theory course will illustrate how to safely get in and out of the harbour, as well as the factors to consider when looking for an anchorage.

The classroom course is offered over five days, you will gain a full RYA qualification alongside the knowledge and understanding of chart work, seamanship, meteorology and collision regulations. The courses start on Saturday at 9am until 17:00 on the following Wednesday.

Over five days or 40 hours, you will gain a full RYA qualification alongside the knowledge and understanding of chart work, seamanship, meteorology and collision regulations.

You will need to purchase A4 pad and pen/pencils (2B), eraser, and dividers / Bretton or Portland plotter. 

Online Day Skipper Theory

The Sunsail online theory course is delivered by Sailing Course Online, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training. The online course can be completed in the comfort of your own home with full support from the instructors at Sailing Course Online, a pack including the Day Skipper theory course book and practice charts are sent to you once you are registered on the course. 

On completion of the course you will have sound knowledge of tidal systems and how to apply your knowledge to your practical sailing skills. You will also have an invaluable insight into how to make decisions on board and stay safe out at sea.

By booking a RYA Day Skipper theory or Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore online theory course you are agreeing to Sailing Course Online booking terms and conditions. 

2019 Shore based course dates

Available Dates at Portsmouth base:

28th September 

9th November 

Accommodation for classroom courses

Accommodation for the duration of the theory course is not included however there are hotels available nearby such as the Premier Inn or Marriott hotel which are around a 15mins walk from the marina or the Village Hotel around a 10min drive.

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Sailing Course Online is designed and owned by Urban Truant. The portal delivers RYA Day Skipper, RYA Coastal / Yachtmaster, RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship and RYA/MCA VHF Short Range Certificate courses online. 

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