RYA Day Skipper Theory Course online

340€ per person

The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a great way to start learning about sailing, whether you are a beginner or want to learn more about the topic. This course will teach you the essential knowledge and skills you need to safely skipper a boat.

There are no prerequisite knowledge requirements for the theory course, though it is anticipated that you will possess some hands-on sailing experience.

RYA Day Skipper theory

online course €340

The RYA Day Skipper theory course is important if you want to take the Day Skipper practical course. We strongly recommend that you finish the theory course before you take the practical course. Students who start the practical course without a good understanding of the Day Skipper theory course material will have a big disadvantage and may find it difficult to pass.

If you have already finished a navigation theory course in a different system, such as the Spanish Patrón de Recreo course, you may be able to skip the RYA Day Skipper theory course and go directly to the practical course. Please check the frequently asked questions section below to find out more.

RYA Day Skipper theory course: Choose your way to learn


The Boat School offers two ways to complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course: online or in person. Our in-person courses are held in small groups in Denia.

On this page, you can learn more about the online option. This online course is provided by Skippers Online.


Day Skipper theory course online
Day Skipper theory course online
Day Skipper theory course online

What You Will Learn in the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course


The RYA Day Skipper theory course is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of sailing and the skills you need to be a competent skipper. Topics covered during the course include:

Introduction to Sailing

Get acquainted with the fundamentals of sailing, understanding the various types of boats and their specific characteristics.

Navigational Charts

Explore the area of navigational charts, learning to read and interpret them proficiently. This module will help you understand symbols, terms, and various chart features that are crucial for safe navigation.

Maritime Safety Procedures

Gain an understanding of the safety procedures to follow while at sea. Learn about safety equipment, distress signals, and how to handle emergency situations.


Acquaint yourself with the basic principles of meteorology. Learn to interpret weather maps and forecasts to make informed decisions while sailing.

Understanding Tides

Look into the complex world of tides. This module breaks down the concepts of tidal heights, streams, and the effect of tides on navigation into comprehensible sections.

Compass Use

Develop a firm understanding of using a compass for navigation, alongside learning techniques for position fixing which helps in determining your exact location while at sea.

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Learning Approach


This course is accessible online with no additional software required. The lessons are accompanied by optional professional narration and notes, offering flexibility and convenience.

The RYA Day Skipper theory course online is provided by Skippers Online, a Recognised RYA Distance Learning Centre based in the UK. The course is meticulously designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills for captaining your own vessel. This approach includes:


Interactive Lessons

The course features intuitive lessons accompanied by professional narration and notes. Complex subjects are simplified with interactive animations and graphics, aiding you in grasping each topic fully.

Regular Assessments

Engage in regular quizzes throughout each lesson. These assessments help to gauge your understanding and readiness for the final examination.

Detailed Guidance

The course offers detailed step-by-step instructions, especially for navigational or tidal calculations, making it easy for you to follow along and understand the intricate details of maritime navigation.

Instructor Support

Support from the Skippers Online instructors is available 7 days a week – via email, telephone, or video calls. If you need some extra help to work out a tidal calculation or some personal tuition to work out a passage plan your instructor will be there to help.

Feedback and Resits

After course completion, you can request mock and then final exams. These are assessed by RYA instructors who provide detailed feedback on areas requiring further study within the course syllabus. Additional free resits are available.

Exercises and Practice

At the end of each lesson, you will find exercises with questions similar to those in the exam. Detailed and illustrated answers are sent immediately to confirm your progress and fully prepare you for the mock and final exams.

How is the online RYA Day Skipper Theory Course evaluated?


To complete the RYA Day Skipper theory course, you will need to pass two exams: a multiple-choice exam and a chartwork exam. The multiple-choice exam will test your knowledge of the course material, while the chartwork exam will test your ability to apply that knowledge to real-world situations.

The multiple-choice exam is 100 questions long and you will need to score 70% or higher to pass. The chartwork exam is 2 hours long and you will need to score 80% or higher to pass.

Both exams can be taken online or at our offices in Denia or Madrid.

Can I Commercially Endorse my Day Skipper qualification?


If you wish to operate a UK-flagged vessel carrying fare-paying passengers, you will need to obtain a commercial endorsement to your RYA Day Skipper qualification. In order to obtain a commercial endorsement you will need: RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificate supported by a Day Skipper shorebased course completion certificate.

You can complete the Day Skipper shorebased course online or in the classroom. In either case, the exams must be invigilated. To apply for a commercial endorsement, you must also complete a sea survival course (RYA or STCW), a marine radio course (RYA or STCW) and an RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities course.

Frequently asked questions

How long is the RYA Day Skipper theory course?

The RYA Day Skipper theory course takes about 40 to 45 hours to complete. However, this duration may vary depending on your pace of learning. You can complete the course at your convenience, with 12 months access to the course material.

What are the prerequisites for the RYA Day Skipper theory course?

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the RYA Day Skipper theory course. However, it is useful to have a basic understanding of sailing and maritime terminology and possess some hands-on sailing experience

What is the cost of the RYA Day Skipper theory course?

The cost of the RYA Day Skipper theory course online is €345 plus sales tax.

I’ve studied nautical theory before, do I need to the RYA Day Skipper theory course?

If you have already completed a navigation theory course in a different system, such as the Spanish Patrón de Recreo course, and you think you might be able to take a higher level of RYA theory course, such as the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster course, you can take this test to assess your level of nautical knowledge.


Can I get a refund if I am not satisfied with the course?

Yes, if you are not satisfied with the course, you can request a full refund within 14 days of purchase, no questions asked.

The Boat School

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Recognized by the Spanish Directorate General for Merchant Shipping, the Comunidad Valenciana and the Region of Murcia to conduct sail, motor, powerboat and VHF training.

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