RYA Day Skipper Theory


The Caribbean RYA Day Skipper Theory is a shorebased course which introduces students to nautical terms, ropework, anchoring, navigation and safety at sea.

This includes the compass, tides, the basic concepts of navigation theory (planning a route, triangulation etc.), pilotage, course & speed. It will also cover navigation, buoyage, meteorology, and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (our friendly COLREGS). You will be working with both book exercises and some real-life situations and live assessment of the weather as it evolves over the course of the class.

At our base in the Caribbean, the course is held at our school in Jolly Harbour – and you get to take breaks by swimming on the beach just a few minutes from our base. We also highly recommend the online version of the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course, so that you have more flexibility in your learning process.

Following your RYA Day Skipper Theory Course, you can take your RYA Day Skipper Practical course.

We suggest that all skippers take the RYA SRC Radio Course, for knowledge and safety. And Taking the RYA Diesel Engine course is also a good fit at this time… just in case.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Prerequisites:

  • None… just come join us!
Included Teaching materials for the class (RYA Day Skipper Notes and supplements)

Coffee, tea, water during the breaks

Not included Food provisioning to share with other students

Transport from and to the school

Duration 5 Days
Bring along Please download “Joining Instructions” below



Minimum rate of 3 Students – Maximum of 5

925 USD per person classroom / 475 USD per person Online

414A Jolly Harbour, Antigua or Online

We highly recommend completing this course before embarking on the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course as it reinforces and puts into practice all the theory learned during the course.

There is a possibility to do an Online Day Skipper Theory course delivered by Navathome, an RYA recognized Training Centre specialised in online training. Students who successfully complete the online course and pass the Day Skipper Theory exam obtain the Day Skipper Theory Completion Certificate – ready to come join us onboard!

Recommended courses following your RYA Day Skipper Theory:

RYA Day Skipper Practical

RYA SRC Radio Course,

RYA Diesel Engine course

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory course 

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course