• Study at home with an online RYA theory course
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  • Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course
  • Day Skipper Theory Course
  • Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course
  • Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course


RYA certificates for Day Skipper and above require a theory element and exam. The most convenient way to achieve these requirements is to study online, in the comfort of your home. Our fully interactive animated courses will allow you to do just that.

Course Delivery

Our online courses are delivered by our partners Navathome, a recognized training centre specializing in online training. We also offer a Free Trial.

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RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course

A basic introduction to navigation and safety for anyone new to boating: sailors, powerboaters, sea anglers, divers and boatmasters. Also useful for experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers.

Assumed knowledge:None
Minimum duration:16 hours
Minimum age:None
Course content:Charts and Publications, safety, engine checks, buoyage, tidal awareness, visual and electronic navigation, pilotage, rules of the road, anchoring, weather forecasts, passage planning
Ability after course:Basic knowledge of navigation and safety

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

A comprehensive introduction to chartwork navigation meteorology and the basics of seamanship. Invaluable for learning how to start making decisions on board and if you are considering taking the Day Skipper practical course.

Assumed knowledge:Some practical experience is desirable.
Minimum duration:40 hours plus exam time.
Minimum age:None
Course content:Seamanship, coastal navigation and pilotage, chartwork, electronic charts, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, tides, collision regulations
Ability after course:Background knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Course

Ideal for candidates for the Coastal Skipper practical course & Yachtmaster Offshore exam. Some revision of the Day Skipper shorebased course plus more advanced skills in offshore & coastal navigation by day & night, pilotage & meteorology.

Assumed knowledge:Knowledge to the level of Day Skipper Shorebased.
Minimum duration:40 hours plus exam time
Minimum age:None
Course content:Position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge, use of almanacs and admiralty publications, electronic position finding equipment, taking and interpreting forecasts, plotting weather systems, weather predictions using a barometer.
Ability after course:Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day & night.

Yachtmaster Ocean Theory Course

A course in astro navigation, worldwide meteorology and passage planning, which also unravels the mysteries of the sextant.

Assumed knowledge:Navigation to Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased standard. Coastal and Offshore Sailing.
Minimum duration:40 hours plus exam time.
Minimum age:None
Course content:The earth and the celestial sphere Practical guide to use and care of sextant at sea Meridian altitudes Sun, star and other sights Ocean passage planning
Ability after course:Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on ocean passages.

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