RYA Online Theory Day Skipper & Coastal /  Yachtmaster courses

All our online courses are provided by Ardent Training Online.  The main advantages of these online courses are as follows:

      • Instant RYA Instructor support; Live Chat, Email, Phone or Video Calls; 12 hours a day
      • Over 20 hours of video content across 112 video lessons
      • Knowledge Base feature filled with extra learning resources
      • Communities forum to engage with other like-minded students and Instructors
      • Mock and final exams with personal feedback and tailored revision plan
      • Access for 12 months 
      • RYA Theory Certificate
      • FREE International postage
      • Professional Quality student pack including:
      • Blundell Harding Portland Plotter and Dividers
      • 2 x Admiralty Training Charts
      • 2b mechanical chartwork pencil
      • Soft chartwork rubber
      • Ardent Training ‘Handy hints’ bookmark
      • Two lengths of Marlow rope
      • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Notes revision book
      • RYA Exercises and Course info booklet
      • RYA Training Almanac

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      RYA Day Skipper Theory Youtube

      RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore Theory Youtube

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  • Chart Familiarisation
  • Tidal Heights
  • Tidal Streams
  • The Compass & Position Fixing
  • Dead Reckoning & Estimated Position
  • Course to Steer
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Buoyage
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Planning
  • Meteorology
  • The Collision Regulations
  • Safety & Protection of The Environment


  • Charts & Other Publications
  • Definition of Position, Time, Speed & Distance
  • The Compass (including allowance for deviation and swinging the compass)
  • Tidal Theory
  • Tidal Heights (including secondary ports)
  • Tidal Streams (including interpolation of drift)
  • Estimated Position
  • Course to Steer
  • Visual Aids to Navigation
  • Electronic Aids to Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Passage Planning
  • Meteorology (including interpreting surface pressure charts)
  • The Collision Regulations
  • Safety & Protection of The Environment


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