RYA Day Skipper Online Theory Course including free access to Diesel engine course.

Delivered by Navathome, a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training


The Day Skipper online theory course will equip you with enough knowledge to navigate in familiar waters in reasonable weather by day.

This course will teach you all about navigation and tides, including course plotting, position finding, safe depths, bridge clearances, weather, collision avoidance, how to tie knots, chartwork, safety on the boat, planning a safe passage, using GPS, mooring, anchoring and Pilotage.

Free Trial

The online format means you can learn anytime, anywhere – so long as you have access to the internet. If you like the idea of taking the course in this way, please take a look at the Free Trial and then go to our booking page to sign up and pay online. We will then email your login details and link for you to get started.


Online RYA Day Skipper costs £275 –  and includes free access to  Diesel engine course.

includes: Course handbook, training charts, free plotter, dividers, radar simulator. Complimentary delivery to UK via DHL Express. Additional charges for rest of the world – please see the drop down below or contact us for current cost.

Fully inclusive (no hidden extras!) Easy secure payment book online with PayPal.
We also accept payment by credit or debit card, bank transfer, etc.


Remember, if you are interested in multiple courses, please contact us for guidance & details of special discounts available.

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RYA Day Skipper Online Course Syllabus

Nautical terminology
Navigational Publications
The Compass
Basic position fixing
Tidal streams & heights
Navigation in fog
Meteorology & Environment
Passage planning
Rules of the road
Rope & anchor work
All Equipment Provided

Course Pack Includes


Course Literature

Training Charts, plotter, dividers, radar simulator
Course handbook (RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes)
Training Almanac
Free Courier to UK 

iPad, Mac & Mobile Device Compatible

Designed to work seamlessly across PCs, Macs, tablets and smart phones enabling you to learn at home or on the move.

Email & phone assistance

by nominated qualified instructors
Enrolment code

Why Choose Howellsail for your RYA Day Skipper Theory Online Course


100% Pass rate for those successfully completing the course

Complete course immediately available


All Equipment Provided

The only thing you need is a pencil


14 Day money back guarantee


Competitively priced with multi booking discounts

Contact us for multiple course bookings discount


10% Practical Course Discount

See our Combined RYA Day Skipper Theory & Practical page


Multi-platform with video content

No downloads to your computer needed


Vast experience and phone support

No frequent mail to bother with


Contactable RYA Practical Instructor / Tutor

Full back up service & help line in the UK


Instant online feedback to your answers

Pre-Course ExperienceSome practical experience is desirable although not essential
Assumed KnowledgeNone
Student Instructor RatioYou will be assigned a dedicated RYA Yachtmaster Instructor to answer your questions
Duration40 hrs online study - Work at your own pace - initially six months to complete (with optional extension if required). It only expires when you pass!
Course ContentSeamanship
Coastal navigation and pilotage
Electronic charts
Position fixing
Plotting a course to steer
Weather forecasting and meteorology
Collision regulations
Ability after CourseThis 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

"Thanks for the quick feedback Michelle. I really enjoyed the course which was very well laid out. I look forward to getting my certificate, thanks."

Gareth, Malaysia

"Congratulations on your very didactic online course. Would it be possible to continue with another six months for the Coastal Theory?"


We send you a theory pack with charts, books & general information. Included is a personal link to the Navathome Online Theory site, where all the lessons are laid out in an easy to understand way. You can check your own work as you go by clicking answer buttons. These include full colour pictures of the chart work etc. On successful completion of the course exercises we send you a password to access the end of course assessment. Complete the examination online in your own home. Your RYA Course Completion Certificate is then forwarded to you once the examination papers are completed successfully.

Should you have any difficulties we provide a full back up service whereby you can contact us by email or phone. Your questions will be dealt with promptly by a fully qualified RYA Instructor. We also have reciprocal arrangements with some sailing schools in the UK, Menorca, Gibraltar, & Gran Canaria, where if you wish you can put some of the theory into practice on a practical course before completing your final theory exams. In this case your instructor will check your theory & help you with any parts you may be having difficulty with, & when you are ready you can complete the exam.


The Day Skipper online theory course will equip you with enough knowledge to navigate in familiar waters in reasonable weather by day.

This course will teach you all about navigation & tides, including course plotting, position finding, safe depths, bridge clearances, weather, collision avoidance, how to tie knots, chartwork, safety on the boat, planning a safe passage, using GPS, mooring, anchoring & Pilotage.


This course is also iPhone & iPad compatible, so you can complete it anywhere, on any computer or mobile device!

On receipt of payment we issue you with a username & password allowing you instant access to the online course and also post out to you the RYA course pack containing RYA Training Charts, the RYA Chart Plotter Simulator, the RYA Day Skipper course notes, the RYA Training Almanac & the RYA Day Skipper Course Exercise Papers.

Free plotter, divider and radar simulator.

The RYA assessment & certificate are all included in the price.

The course is made up of detailed lessons, most of which are animated for easy learning. Each lesson is followed by a set of questions which can be answered online. Once an answer is submitted the feedback is instant in the form of a detailed answer page. Some answers will be forwarded to your instructor who will provide personal feedback & help where required.

The RYA recommends a total of 40 hours tuition for the course. We do find on average that it takes people between 30 and 50 hours to complete over a couple of months, however we do allow up to 6 months for completion if necessary, with an optional extension if more time is required.

For the duration of the course you will have a dedicated Yachtmaster Instructor providing feedback, personal help & instruction.

Once the course has been completed, the course assessment can be taken online in your own home. On successful completion, your certificate will be issued.


The contract is between Navathome.com and the student. Under Navathome.com and consumer protection (Distance Selling) regulations you have a statuary cooling off period of 14 business days from the day you receive your course. During this period you can cancel your purchase up to 14 days from the day of purchase.

At any time during this period you can notify the training centre that you wish to cancel your contract with us and we will give a full refund including any delivery charges.

The course materials must be returned in an ‘as new’ condition and the postage paid.

If the course materials are being returned because they are faulty then the training centre will refund any postage costs.

Access to the online course material is terminated immediately. You will not be able to claim a full refund if the course material has been damaged or if you have no proof of purchase.

The training centre reserves the right to deduct for the net cost of any missing or damaged course materials and postage.

Payments for course fees are due, in full, at the time of enrolment. Payment can be made by bank transfer or by cheque in GBP, drawn on a UK bank, or by Debit/Credit card or Paypal.

In the case of payment by cheque we reserve the right to allow the cheque to clear before dispatching your student pack.

Once payment has been made and confirmed students will be sent the student pack and be supplied with the log in information to access the online course.

The student pack will be sent on the next working day and delivery to Europe is included in the course price.

Additional fees may be applied to addresses outside of these areas. Navathome will not be held responsible for any duty or expenses incurred in the country of delivery.

Course expiry
There is an extendable access period of 6 months set for the course. An admin fee of £30 is charged for each time the course is extended.

If the access lapses it can still be extended anytime within a period of 3 years from the date the access period lapsed.

If a course remains dormant for more than 3 years, (has lapsed and not been extended within a period of three years) it will be terminated and the log in removed.

Once a student has passed the assessment their course is complete and their access terminated.

Internet access
Students must have access to the internet and email to complete the course.

The course is not transferable and access is for the applicant only.

Please check that the free trial runs on your device before booking. The courses do not use a platform so work on most devices including Ipad, Iphone, PC, Mac, Android etc.

There some issues with the free chart plotter simulator provided by the RYA. It works on PC and Mac but not on mobile devices. It is not essential to the courses so can be worked around if a student does not have access the PC based units.

Pre course knowledge
Students should be at the correct level for the course being taken. Coastal/Yachtmaster theory is required before taking the RYA Ocean theory.

What we provide
We will provide online back up and land line telephone backup as required by each student and every endeavour will be made to help students achieve their aims.

We will not disclose information about students unless we are legally obliged to do so or a student has agreed in writing in advance.

By enrolling you confirm that we may hold necessary business information about you including your name, address, course booking, payment and course record. No credit card information is held by Navathome.

Any contract between you and us shall be governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.

All dealings, correspondence and contact between us and you shall be made or conducted in the English language.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of course information. However, we cannot accept any liability for errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the course content.

We continuously improve the course content and we do welcome any feedback from students which improve the quality of the course.

All online material has been written and is under copyright to Navathome.com Ltd/ No part of the online documents can be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) or for any purpose, without the express written permission of Vic and Lyn Punch. Course material should be treated as for any copyrighted material.

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Outlined within the chapters is information on the conduct of vessels in many different situations. These are clearly laid out, enabling the reader to accurately translate the rules.
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