zephyr yachting



Course Description

A comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship

We offer the online version of the RYA Dayskipper Theory course in conjunction with SKIPPERS ONLINE

The RYA Day Skipper online theory course is ideal for inexperienced and aspiring skippers.

The Day Skipper course equips you with sufficient knowledge to navigate safely around familiar waters by day plus a knowledge of lights to introduce you to night cruising.

Developments in technology and electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats is also included.

Invaluable if you are considering taking the RYA Day Skipper practical course and for learning how to start making informed decisions on board.

We highly recommend this course to anyone taking on the Yachtmaster Offshore package as an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself before the Yachtmaster Theory Course in the classroom!

What’s Included?

Unlimited support from our dedicated RYA Instructors – 365 days a year via email, phone or Skype/Zoom.

14-day unconditional money-back guarantee.

Over 40 hours of 15 fully-narrated online lessons including animations, videos and realistic 3D graphics.

Embedded quizzes with instant feedback in each lesson.

15 self-assessment exercises with fully worked answers.

Over 50 downloadable or linked resources.

RYA Student Pack (including 2 training charts, training almanac & course handbook).


A minimum of 40 hours of course study time is specified by the RYA, plus time for exercises and exams.


295 GBP
It is recommended that you complete the Online RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Skills Couse before enrolling in this course, https://www.zephyr-yachting.com/trainings/rya-essential-navigation-seamanship-course/

Course Syllabus

Chart Familiarisation, Tidal Heights, Tidal Streams, The Compass & Position Fixing, Dead Reckoning & Estimated Position, Course to Steer, Electronic Navigation, Buoyage, Pilotage, Passage Planning, Meteorology, The Collision Regulations, Safety & Protection of the Environment

This course is accessed online with no additional software required.

Lessons are accompanied by optional professional narration, and notes. 

They are intuitive and easy to follow, whilst more complex subjects are accompanied by interactive animations and graphics to help you gain a full knowledge of each subject in the course syllabus.

Detailed step-by-step workings for navigational or tidal calculations make it easy for you to follow along as we show you how to plot positions, make tidal height and stream calculations, etc

You can go over these again and again, and test your knowledge with regular quizzes throughout each lesson. 

At the end of each lesson there is an excercise containg similar questions to the exam, with detailed and illustrated answers sent to you immediately to confirm your progress and fully prepare you for your mock and final exams.

You can repeat entire lessons and excercises as often as you wish until you are confident that you fully understand each subject.

When you have completed the course you can request mock and then final exams.

These are assessed by our RYA Instructors and detailed feedback is provided in any areas that may require further study within the course.

If you pass the final exams you will be awarded the RYA/MCA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Certificate, which will be posted to you.

Additional free resits, with suitable Instructor guidance, are available if required.

Theory knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. You will be ready to move on to the Dayskipper Practical Sail or Motor training!

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