Day Skipper Theory

“A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.  Day Skipper theory equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.”  from the RYA website.

Topmast offers Day Skipper Theory in 2 convenient formats:

  • In the classroom at our Training Centre.
  • Day Skipper Theory on-line in a multi-media format through our online experts NauticEd.


About RYA Day Skipper Theory:

RYA Day Skipper theory is one of the most widely respected shore-based courses in the world.  The RYA’s professional full-time staffers are able to continually update the theory courses, taking into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats.  Having said that, the RYA hasn’t lost sight of the necessity for aspiring boaters to have a solid grounding in traditional navigational techniques.  It’s this combination of the old and new that makes RYA theory courses so relevant today.

The RYA, In conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office has also developed a chart plotter specifically for use on training courses, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of the Day Skipper shore-based course both in the classroom and online.

For those looking to work commercially on yachts overseas this course is the foundation for achieving ‘watch-keeping’ status.

In the Classroom:

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It can be covered over two weekends or as an intensive week-long course.  Individual tuition is available and discounts of up to 15% apply for groups of 3 or more.

Yacht clubs interested in offering this course at their facility over the winter should contact us for instructor availability.

Price:  $795 (Includes RYA course pack)


The on-line course takes place at your own pace with no time limit and for those who don’t have the time to attend our classroom course, or who want to maximise their vacation time by being on the water, we recommend using NauticEd and their RYA Day Skipper theory course on-line.

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Price: $US368 ( includes RYA course pack and shipping.)

 RYA Day Skipper Theory Course topics include:
  • the basics of seamanship
  • the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • chartwork
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting and meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations (including Canadian variations)
  • construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

You will receive a course pack which includes a chart, course handbook, exercises and an electronic chart plotter code for download.  You’ll need a notebook, 2B pencil for chartwork, Dividers and a Plotter.