Use your time - study online
What's Included in my study pack?
You can begin your training whilst waiting for your physical pack to arrive by DHL, the course is arranged so the pack materials is only required for the mid to latter stages of the course
Quick overview of what's involved
General seamanship; parts of the boat; tying up alongside; preparation for sea; knots and tacking.
Using charts; depth contours' three-point fix; plotting a course to steer allowing for tidal set and drift; position fixing by various means and estimated position, taking into account tidal set and drift.
Tidal streams to plot courses to steer and for estimating position:
Using a tidal diamond table and the tidal stream atlas, to work out the tidal set and drift for various times of day and compensating for spring and neap tides.
An introduction to planning short daytime passages using waypoints and visual aids.
Working out the height of tide for entering ports, crossing shallows and avoiding grounding: using the tidal height tables, allowing for springs and neap tides; basic secondary port calculations, allowing for time differences.
Basic collision regulations: collision avoidance; the correct lights to use; how to identify types of vessels from their lights; how to recognise a vessel by its day shapes, and what day shapes to use for various situations; sound signals and their uses.
Using onboard electronic equipment: chart plotters; depth / wind instruments and more.
Causes of weather systems: reading and taking into account present and future weather forecasts; understanding weather charts and sources of weather information.
How to recognise buoys by their characteristics: shape; colour; action to take when approaching one.
Basic safety at sea: using life rafts; life jackets; how to handle and use flares; types of firefighting equipment and fire prevention; how to make mayday calls and ways of making other vessel aware that there is a mayday situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Allabroad established in 1999, have been delivering RYA Day Skipper Online Theory courses since 2005.
With years of experience in this area we are confident this package, with full support from full yachtmaster instructors, will enable you pass your DaySkipper Online theory and have confidence to hit the decks running when it comes to the Day Skipper practical.
Why the Online Option?
We always ask our customers why they chose the online option, the main reason mentioned was it freed off more holiday time to enjoy sailing. The other plus was that completing your RYA Day Skipper theory course Online, at home is that you can work at your own pace, in your own space, in peace without any disruptions.
How long does it take?
The online RYA Day Skipper theory course can be completed in as little as 5 days, but why rush? Many of our delegates enjoy the learning process and take 2 to 3 months; you have 6 months to complete the course after which you can pay a small reactivation fee.
Once online you can work at your own pace day or night and achieve your theory certificate ahead of your Day Skipper practical course.
Is support provided?
If at any stage you grind to a halt, don't panic, we have 3 full RYA yachtmaster instructors each with over 15 years teaching RYA Theory courses in the classroom on standby ready to help. Support can be provided by email, or phone, and in some cases a quick zoom meeting has helped. Whatever it takes the Allabroad team will endeavour to get you through your course!