RYA Day Skipper Theory

The RYA Day Skipper theory course is your gate way to adventure. Explore that island that you can only get to by boat, navigate to secluded bays through a narrow path either side of a reef. Master the art of being able to control your boat in local tidal conditions and work out exactly where you want to be at low tide.

It will improve your knowledge of seamanship, safety and coastal navigation and is recognised as a world class sailing and boating qualification. The skills in the Day Skipper Course are the skills to successfully complete further RYA courses.



- RYA Day Skipper Theory Certificate


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  • $550 AUD inc GST.

  • - Online E-learning program with immediate access.

  • - Interactive demonstrations, simulators and examples.

  • - Interactive online chartplotting and tidal curve tools with immediate feedback.

  • - 40 hours of study plus Exercises and Exams.

  • - No prior experience required.

  • - RYA Day Skipper Course Pack sent direct to you.

  • - Includes commercial standard Plotter & Dividers.

  • - Private VC tutorials available.

  • - 6 Months course access with extension options.

  • - Interactive online chartplotting.

  • - Interacting tidal curves.

  • - Bespoke, practical supplementary course material for Australia and South Pacific Weather Patterns.

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    Who is this course for?

    This course is designed for both power and sailing craft and it will give you the knowledge to handle short passages by day. This course covers all the shorebased theory for the RYA Day Skipper Practical course. The completion of the RYA Day Skipper theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical entitles you to the ICC or International Certificate of Competency which is what you need to charter a yacht in Europe or cruise the Mediterranean.

    The Navathome Australia RYA Day skipper theory course is one of Australia's best online sailing and motoring courses. The RYA Day Skipper course is the foundation of the RYA Yachtmaster program with a strong baseline in knowledge and skills that you can put to use anywhere.

    •     Skippers looking to understand navigation best practices for waters they are familiar with.
    •     People planning to charter a yacht in Europe, Asia or the Caribbean.
    •     Skippers wanting to understand navigation fundamentals.
    •     Skippers looking to start the RYA yachtmaster pathway.
    •     Skippers who want the knowledge and skills to keep their family safe on the water.
    •     Those who adventure on day passages that have some navigational challenges.
    •     Those just starting on overnight local trips.

    Course Pre-Requisites:

    This level course does require some degree of boating knowledge to start. Ideally you would have spent some time on the water crewing for someone, or even skippering your own boat mastering the elementary parts.

    The following course options are great starting course leading into the Day Skipper Program but are not essential. If you want to, you can jump straight into Day Skipper.

    •     Boating Experience- ideally with some real world attempts at navigation
    •     Basic addition and subtraction maths.

    What the course covers:

    • General Seamanship.
    • Parts of the boat.
    • Securing the boat on the dock.
    • Preparation for Sea.
    • Sailing Knots.
    • Anchoring Techniques.
    • Basic Sailing Concepts including:
    •     setting sails
    •     how a yacht actually moves into the wind
    •     manoeuvers
    •     steering and maintaining a heading with the wind

    Nothing has changed navigation like the advent of satellite navigation systems, and affordable radar. But our over reliance on them mean we have lost awareness of the shortfalls and vulnerabilities of this technology. Your electrical system could fail, GPS signals could be compromised, or you may just make a simple error and not realise it.

    • Understanding the fundamentals of the different satellite navigation systems.
    • Understanding the limits of satellite navigation systems and how to compensate for them.
    • Passage Planning with electronic navigation systems.
    • Understanding how ALL your weather and navigation instruments play a part in modern navigation.
    • Electronic instrumentation and electronic navigation systems.

    The impact of Tidal movements are more than just the inward and outward flow of seawater

    • Understanding the causes of tidal movements.
    • Understanding why there can be dramatic differences in tidal behaviour in geographically similar locations.
    • Compensating for tidal changes for anchoring and mooring.
    • Recognising the different methods to find information about tidal movements.
    • Understanding Tidal Streams and there effect on navigation.
    • Calculating secondary port data from a primary port.
    • Predicting the impact of tidal streams on your journey and how to compensate for them.
    • Compensating for the impact of tidal streams on your journey using manual methods in case of electronics failure.
    • Online graphical tidal calculation tools with interactive feedback.
    • Triggers for different weather systems.
    • Understanding current weather and predictive weather forecasts and the impact on your journey.
    • Interpreting synoptic charts
    • Correlating your observations with the expected behaviour from the forecast.
    • Analysing onboard instrumentation such as wind and barometric pressure to compare observations with predicted behaviour and monitoring anticipated progression.
    • Local weather patterns
    • Geographically specific weather patterns

    Did you know that SOLAS requirements now mandate that any vessel heading to open water must have a passage plan? What is a passage plan>

    • Introduction to passage planning with waypoints and visual aids.
    • Understanding the effects of tide and current on all passages.
    • Identification of Port Entry Requirements, and recommended approach methods.
    • Interpreting the impacts of weather and tide on your planned trip.
    • Identification of Hazards.
    • Ports of Refuge.
    • Crew management and Safety.
    • Recognition and Identification.
    • Determination of purpose.
    • Lighting, shapes and colour schemes.
    • IALA-A and IALA-B schemes.
    • Identification of navigation aids on paper and electronic charts.

    Did you know that any indication of fire on a vessel is regarded automatically by search and rescue as a mayday.

    • Recognition of distress Signals
    • Radio Telephony Mayday Calls.
    • Required Safety Equipment.
    • Conducting Safety Briefings
    • Basic sea survival including
      - use of liferafts
      - life jackets and required specification
      - helicopter rescue
      - use of flares
    • General Vessel Safety
    • Emergency Response and Management
    • Identification of different types of fire extinguishers, fire supression and fire prevention.
    • Radar Reflectors
    • Actions in Reduced Visibility
    • Collision Avoidance
    • Rules of the Road
    • Vessel Identification Lights
    • Your own ships lights
    • Day Shapes
    • Sound Signals
    • Right of way in complex situations
    • Practical Right of way.

    How is the course delivered

    The course is provided using the world class NAVatHOME RYA accredited training program.

    Support and Extras

    Through out your course, you will be supported either by one of the NAVatHOME expert instructors, or by one of our supporting instructor at a partner school. Throughout the course, students will have full access to all NAVatHOME supporting resources and access to the international Navathome support network if you are planning an overseas trip.

    • Knots
    • Glossary
    • Buoyage
    • Collision Regulations
    • Vessel Lights & Flip Cards
    • VHF radio Simulator

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    Each course comes with 6 months access with the opportunity to renew at any time. Course extensions cost $60 for an additional 6 months.
    If this is your first time doing a NAVatHOME course, consider completing the free trial course so that you are aware of the style of the course before booking.