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Day Skipper Online Theory

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Rya Day Skipper Online Theory Course
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Run By Sailtrain.org.uk
Completing the Rya Day Skipper Theory Online course gives you the chance to complete the course in your own time, ideal if you don't have the time to enrol in evening classes.
(If you already have the required navigational knowledge, you don't need to enroll on this course)

This year we are recommending our Day Skipper candidates enroll on Sailtrain's RYA Day Skipper Theory Online Course. This theory course represents excellent value for money and is a requirement for anyone wanting to complete the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course, as it includes the key skills of navigation, which are fundamental to you becoming a good skipper.
The course is split into 13 online lessons, most of which have embedded practice questions or quizzes, and 15 associated exercises. Depending upon the depth of a topic the total time required to attend a lesson and complete the associated exercise is approximately 2-5 hours. You can pause and rewind lessons any time you like as well as the ability to contact one of Sailtrain's experienced Yachtmaster Instructors. 
Other companies also supply this service so feel free to shop around, or there is the alternative of taking Rya evening classes, contact the
Rya .
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
  • construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts
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You pay Sailtrain.org.uk directly £285.00, included in the price is:


A free course pack (normally priced at £63) consisting of training charts, Almanac, exercises pack, Day Skipper shorebased booklet, an electronic Chartplotter voucher, and your certificate. Sailtrain even include a free Bretton type plotter and a pair of brass dividers so all you need to add is a pencil and rubber.
Unlike other online learning organisations, this course does not use video CD but a FULLY interactive learning suite.

There is an Six months initial access period. In the unlikely event that you will need an extension, there is an option to extend as many times as you like until you pass your assessment. The cost of administrating each 6 month extension, beyond the initial 6 months, is £30.