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RYA Navigation Exercises

RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition



RYA Day Skipper

Immerse yourself in the world of sailing with the RYA Day Skipper online theory course, your gateway to mastering essential skills in chartwork, navigation, meteorology, and seamanship. Designed for inexperienced and aspiring skippers, this comprehensive course provides a solid foundation for safe navigation and seamanship.

Perfect for those looking to navigate familiar waters by day and delve into the basics of night cruising, the Day Skipper course covers crucial topics such as understanding lights and utilizing electronic navigation aids. Stay ahead with the latest technological advancements that have become integral to modern cruising boats.

Whether you're gearing up for the RYA Day Skipper practical course or aiming to enhance your decision-making abilities on board, this online course is invaluable in building your confidence and knowledge base. Start your journey towards becoming a competent skipper by enrolling in the RYA Day Skipper online course today!

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When you enroll in the course, you gain access to:

  • Online portal for convenient lesson access.

  • Student forums and discussion platforms for interactive engagement.

  • Educator assistance available in real-time.

  • Prompt dispatch of a student kit containing professional navigation charts and tools.

  • Award of the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate upon successful completion.

  • 12-month access to approximately 22 hours of video lessons (comprising around 110 lessons). The estimated study duration, including exams, is approximately 50 hours.

Study Resources & Support

  • 15 concise modules with interactive tasks and assessments for hands-on learning.

  • Delivered in video and written formats, accommodating diverse learning styles.

  • Ongoing guidance from expert RYA trainers ensures a supportive learning journey.

  • Empowers students to transition effectively from crew members to proficient day skippers.

Course Highlights

Upon completing the course, we assist students in preparing for the online RYA Day Skipper Theory test, an at-home examination consisting of two sections, each lasting 1.5 hours. Detailed feedback from the examiner is provided post-assessment. The test fee is inclusive in the course cost, excluding commercial invigilation purposes. Our unwavering commitment guarantees the success of every student. Once successful, students receive the prestigious RYA Day Skipper Shore-Based certificate. To obtain the full RYA Day Skipper qualification, a practical session at a selected center is mandatory.

Program Structure & Examination Overview:


RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore

Immerse yourself in Helmsmen Academy's premier RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Online Theory Course, expertly crafted and facilitated by our seasoned instructors. Delve into a comprehensive exploration of navigation, safety procedures, meteorology, and IRPCS, tailored for individuals aspiring to achieve RYA Coastal Skipper or RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certifications.

RYA Yachtmaster Fast Track

Helmsmen Academy presents the RYA Yachtmaster Fast Track Online Theory Course, a program specifically crafted for maritime enthusiasts with practical experience but lacking formal certifications. This course is also catered to Day Skipper graduates who are looking for a thorough refresher before venturing into more advanced Yachtmaster topics.

RYA PPR Online Course

The online PPR (Professional Practices & Responsibilities) course in Ibiza is a vital component for individuals holding RYA qualifications with a Commercial Endorsement. This course is essential for professional skippers and crew members looking to work legally on yachts and receive payment for their services. 

VHF Course

Welcome to our comprehensive online VHF course - your gateway to mastering crucial communication skills for safe and efficient maritime navigation. Dive into our interactive virtual learning platform designed to equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed to operate VHF radio systems effectively.


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