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Next Steps

Armed with your newly-acquired theory knowledge, you are able to undertake the RYA Day Skipper practical course, which is typically held over 5 days.

Upon completion of both your RYA Day Skipper practical and theory course certificates, you are also able to apply for an ICC (International Certificate of Competence). Holding your ICC means you can bareboat charter a yacht in many countries worldwide.

About Sailing Course Online

This online theory course is delivered by our partner company, Sailing Course Online, who are a RYA Recognised Training Centre specialising in online training. The course content is specifically delivered for an online experience, with bite-sized modules, regular auto-marked tests, and full support from the instructors at Sailing Course Online whenever you need them.

By booking a RYA Coastal Skipper / YachtmasterTM online theory course you are agreeing to Sailing Course Online’s terms and conditions. Access the full Sailing Course Online terms and conditions here.

Fast Help Whenever You Need It

Just because your course is online, doesn’t mean the support you get is remote as well. Use the email button in your Classroom for fast help with minor queries or arrange a telephone / video call for a more in-depth conversation.

The instructors who support Sailing Course Online are additionally RYA YachtmasterTM Instructors. They’re 100% committed to giving you friendly and knowledgeable assistance. All exams are manually marked and helpful feedback is provided.



RYA Day Skipper online theory is an enjoyable entry level shorebased course that gives a rounded and practical introduction to the basics of navigation. The course is delivered fully online enabling you to complete it from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. All course materials are provided in a handy navigator’s bag: including paper charts, training almanac, shorebased notes, Portland plotter and dividers. Instructorsupport and the cost of the exams is also included in your course price.

The Day Skipper syllabus is designed to give a new skipper the confidence to plan and safely undertake day time passages. It covers the basics of chartwork, tidal systems, seamanship, meteorology and collision regulations. It also deals with coming in and out of the harbour and the factors to consider when looking for an anchorage.

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