Our distance learning courses were developed in early 2010 based on more than 10 years of experience in delivering classroom and practical training. The programmes and study materials have been examined and approved by the RYA. They have already proved to be highly popular, enjoyable and successful with many people in the UK and abroad completing their studies and passing the examinations. Feedback from students has been very positive and success rate in the final test has been excellent.
Prices for our RYA Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Distance Learning courses are extremely competitive. You can choose between a very low cost ‘Basic’ option without any instructor support and a comprehensive option with full instructor support by email and telephone. Both options include all the same materials and if you choose the basic package but later find you need help, you can always upgrade to the supported option just by paying the difference. You can even upgrade to a classroom course, subject to places being available – just by paying the difference. So you have nothing to lose and lots to gain.
RYA Distance Learning Courses Available
How does it work?
You choose your course and option (basic or supported). We enrol you and send you a link to internet pages where you can complete the booking and pay on line or by card details over the phone. As soon as you have paid we send you the complete study pack by courier or Royal Mail special delivery. Delivery is usually next working day for orders received before 1100. You study the material – most of it using the Elite Presentations on disk running on your PC or Mac – and work through the RYA exercises. If you have taken the supported option, you can get help via email or telephone.
The Day Skipper Theory course requires about 60 hours of study including exercises. The Yachtmaster Theory course requires about the same time if you you are already conversant with the material at Day Skipper level. The material is modular so you can work through it in bite-size pieces of one or 2 hours at a time and revisit subjects as many times as you like. You can complete the course in about one week of hard work, but most people take a month or more. There is no time limit for completion but we encourage you to get it all done within 3 or 4 months.
When you have completed about 60% of the modules you can complete a short progress test and send it to us. We will then confirm that you are on track. When you have completed the whole course of study and think you are ready, you contact us and request the final examination. We send it to you (normally by email). You complete the papers and send your answers, together with chartwork constructions on the charts and workings, back to Elite Sailing. We mark the papers and if you pass we send you the certificate.
Day Skipper Theory Distance Learning Pack.
Elite Sailing Study Guide and with full course presentation by interactive slides with animation and narration, animated worked examples for all RYA exercises, RYA student pack including charts, exercises, the RYA Yachtmaster course notes booklet and a training electronic chart plotter on disk. An RYA Training almanac is included on loan. Exam paper marking and the certificate is included. All UK postage is included. No other publications are required (but we always recommend additional reading to widen your knowledge).
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Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory Distance Learning Pack.
Elite Sailing Study Guide and a USB Flash memory drive with full course presentation by interactive slides with animation and narration, animated worked examples for all RYA exercises, the RYA Book of Navigation (a standard text book worth £15), RYA student pack including charts, exercises, the RYA Day Skipper course notes booklet and a training electronic chart plotter on disk. An RYA Training almanac is included on loan. Practice paper and the final Exam paper marking and the certificate is included. All UK postage is included. No other publications are required ( but we always recommend additional reading to widen your knowledge).
Equipment You will Need
- A pc (Windows or Mac) capable of running Adobe Flash Player in your internet browser. All modern computers have this software or it can be downloaded free. Flash player is known to exhibit problems with some browsers. We recommend that you have the latest versions of Flash player and the browser software installed.
- Portland Plotter and Dividers. We can supply this with your study pack. Price £25.
- Soft pencil and soft eraser. Personal exercise book.