RYA Yachtmaster eLearning Theory

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RYA - Yachtmaster eLearning Theory Course:  an advanced course that builds on the knowledge gained on the shorebased Day Skipper course

Course details

Pre-Course Experience

Knowledge to Day Skipper Shorebased standard. Practical sailing experience is desirable, as this provides invaluable context to the subjects you’re learning.

Assumed Knowledge

A basic knowledge of navigation, tides, meteorology and safety theory.

Student Instructor Ratio

You will be assigned a dedicated RYA Yachtmaster Instructor to answer your questions.


Study time required about 50 hours, plus two exams

Course Content

Position fixing

Course shaping and plotting

Tidal knowledge

Use of almanacs and Admiralty publications

Electronic position finding equipment

Taking and interpreting forecasts

Plotting weather systems

Safety equipment and procedure

Ability after Course

The background knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night. The holder of this certificate can go on to work towards their Coastal Skipper practical course or Yachtmaster™ qualification's

Syllabus RYA Yachtmaster eLearning Course: This is an advanced course in navigation and meteorology for candidates for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. The syllabus makes some provision for the revision of subjects in the Day Skipper course but those who have not acquired the knowledge set out in the Day Skipper course are unlikely to be able to assimilate all the subjects covered in this advanced course in the time available.

Our RYA Shorebased training centre partner Swiss Maritime Academy is based in Switzerland and acts as an agent.  The eLearning courses are conducted by the RYA Training Center Splash Seaschool. Your details are forwarded to Splash Seaschool for further booking formalities.

Aufbauende Kurse
RYA Day Skipper
RYA Day Skipper Kurs

RYA Day Skipper Course

RYA Day Skipper is a demanding course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

This is a hands-on course that is highly recommended for anyone who regularly sails on board a yacht. It’s designed to improve skills and build knowledge of all aspects of life at sea whilst skippering a sailing yacht during short passages.

RYA Coastal Skipper
RYA Coastal Kurs

RYA Coastal Course

Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.

RYA Coastal Skipper is the ideal qualification to follow RYA Day Skipper. It may also form a bridge to a MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ examination. It’s designed to give an experienced skipper the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which may involve sailing at night or involve watch-keeping systems.