RYA Yachtmaster Theory


RYA Yachtmaster Theory


RYA Coastal : Yachtmaster Theory


  • All course materials
  • Lunch, Tea and Coffee
  • RYA Yachtmaster theory course notes book
  • Portland Course Plotter and Divider Kit
  • Training Almanac and Charts
  • Access to recommended books
  • Exercises and exam papers
  • Certificate of succes (if passed)
  • Professional shorebased Instructor


Dates available upon request. We maintain a list and start a course when enough students enroll. Sign up using the ‘reserve’ button.

RYA Yachtmaster Theory
24 Jul - 28 Jul
4 spots available
RYA Yachtmaster Theory
28 Aug - 01 Sep
6 spots available
RYA Yachtmaster Theory
18 Sep - 22 Sep
6 spots available
RYA Yachtmaster Theory
23 Oct - 27 Oct
6 spots available
RYA Yachtmaster Theory
13 Nov - 17 Nov
6 spots available
RYA Yachtmaster Theory
18 Dec - 22 Dec
6 spots available

What you will learn

  • General Seamanship
  • Navigation
  • Tidal Streams
  • Safety
  • Passage Planning
  • Tidal Heights
  • Weather
  • Collision Regulations
  • Electronic Navigation
  • Buoyage


RYA Day Skipper Shorebase Certificate

Next Step ——–

RYA Day Skipper practical Certificate


The RYA Day Skipper theory course serves as a crucial preliminary step before the practical RYA Day Skipper Course. It’s designed to equip aspiring skippers with the knowledge needed to navigate familiar waters during the day. This course is also recommended for students engaged in the RYA Powerboat scheme, acting as a preparatory step before advancing to the RYA Intermediate Powerboat course.

The course curriculum includes fundamental aspects of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage, such as chartwork, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, understanding tides, and learning the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea. Successfully navigating to a new destination for the first time is expected to be a highly satisfying achievement for students.

In addition to navigation skills, the course provides insights into various boat types, their equipment, and essential safety procedures. This includes knowledge about making distress calls, using flares, and the correct use of safety harnesses, life jackets, and liferafts. This comprehensive approach ensures that students are well-prepared for practical challenges and responsible sailing.

The course dates are flexible. If the listed dates are not suitable, or if you wish to have a course run at a location of your choice, Driven by Nature offers bespoke course arrangements. Interested individuals can contact for more information about these options.

Regarding the location, the courses are usually held at Driven by Nature’s classrooms at Hullenbergweg 300, 1101 BV Amsterdam.

This flexible, well-equipped, and extensive approach to the RYA Day Skipper theory course makes it an excellent choice for anyone serious about enhancing their sailing skills and knowledge.

The RYA Day Skipper theory course at Driven by Nature includes an extensive curriculum that covers all the essential aspects of sailing. The additional topics include:

  1. General Seamanship: This encompasses knowledge about different parts of the boat, methods for tying up alongside, preparation for sea, various knots, and the technique of tacking.
  2. Navigation: Students learn to use charts, understand depth contours, perform three-point fixes, plot courses while considering tidal set and drift, and fix positions using various methods, including estimating position while accounting for tidal influences.


  1. Tidal Streams: The course teaches how to use tidal diamond tables and tidal stream atlases to calculate tidal set and drift at different times, considering variations between spring and neap tides for accurate course plotting and position estimation.
  2. Passage Planning: An introduction to planning short daytime passages, including the use of waypoints and visual aids.


  1. Tidal Heights: Techniques for calculating tide heights for entering ports, crossing shallows, and avoiding grounding, using tidal height tables and accounting for spring and neap tides. This also includes basic secondary port calculations with time adjustments.
  2. Collision Regulations: Understanding basic collision avoidance rules, identifying vessel types by their lights and day shapes, the use of sound signals, and the appropriate lighting for different situations.
  1. Electronic Navigation: Instruction on using onboard electronic equipment such as chart plotters, depth and wind instruments, among others.
  2. Weather: Understanding the causes of weather systems, interpreting and utilizing weather forecasts, understanding weather charts, and accessing various weather information sources.
  1. Buoyage: Recognizing buoys by their characteristics like shape, color, and the appropriate actions to take when approaching them.
  2. Safety: Basic safety procedures at sea, including the use of life rafts, life jackets, flares, firefighting equipment, fire prevention techniques, making mayday calls, and signaling other vessels in a mayday situation.