Elite Sailing online courses are a product of over 20 years of experience in delivering RYA training – practical and shore-based.

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 tests have been excellent.

Prices for our RYA Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Distance Learning courses are extremely competitive because they are our own product with no middle-man to pay. And as our past students testify, there is no sacrifice in quality or effectiveness.

Home study doesn’t suit everyone so we also offer ‘hybrid’ courses based on the same high quality distance learning plus either evening classroom sessions or on-line video classes that give you that valuable direct contact with your instructor and fellow students.

We offer complete flexibility allowing you to upgrade from a standard option to a premium or hybrid option – or even a full classroom courses – at any stage just by paying the difference.  .

Elite Sailing offers online RYA Skipper and Yachtmaster theory courses

RYA Day Skipper TheoryStandard Course: Price £225
Includes: All RYA Materials, Elite Sailing Presentations on USB or download, Instructor Support by email and phone, course certificate and UK postage.  We will quote for postage outside UK.
The course is modular with overall study time about 60 hours.  Prior boating experience is useful but not essential.

RYA Day Skipper Theory – Hybrid Course:  (+ 9 on-line Video Classes):  Price £350
Includes: Standard Course plus 9 X 90 minute on-line video teaching and tutorial sessions.  There are 3 sessions per week (see below) for an overall duration of 3 weeks plus time to revise and complete the exam.
This is the perfect option during current COVID 19 restrictions.

RYA Yachtmaster Theory – Standard Course:  Price £255
Includes: All RYA Materials, Elite Sailing Presentations on USB or download, RYA Book of Navigation (worth £18), Instructor Support by email and phone, course certificate and UK postage.  We will quote for postage outside UK.  The course is modular with overall study time about 70 hours assuming a starting knowledge around day skipper level.  Day Skipper modules are included for revision.

RYA Yachtmaster Theory – Hybrid Course (+ 10 on-line Video Classes): Price £370
Includes: Standard Course plus 10 X 90 minute on-line video teaching and tutorial sessions.  There are 2 sessions per week (see below) for an overall duration of 5 weeks plus time to revise and complete the exams.
This is the perfect option during current COVID 19 restrictions.

Extras?

The only essential extra is a set of navigation instruments – a Portland Plotter and dividers.  You can add these to your order – price £25.

All students can request one to one online video tutorials with an instructor.  This is private tuition with all the usual visual aids and a whiteboard you can both write and draw on – just like a private classroom).  Price £45 per hour.   You don’t even have to have enrolled on a course.

How do I enrol on one of these online courses?

You choose your Course and Option (ie standard or hybrid), decide if you want us to supply the plotter and dividers, and then send us an email.

We will 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 Royal Mail Tracked service. Delivery is usually next working day for orders received before 1100.

You study the material – most of it using the Elite Presentations running on your PC or Mac – and work through the RYA exercises. Exercise answers are provided so you can check your work immediately.  The presentations are supplied on a USB memory stick and run in your web browser. An internet connection isn’t required.  If you have booked a hybrid course with online video, we will email the Zoom invitation and link.  You simply click on this link to join a session.  It will work on any device with a screen and camera.

Which sailing course option should I choose?

Standard Distance Learning options are very effective for people who are happy to study independently and instructor support is available via email.

The best all-round options are the Hybrid courses with on-line video classes using Zoom.  These classes include teaching sessions to deal with topics best delivered by an instructor and tutorials with question and answer and discussion sessions.  You will get to know the instructor and meet other students.  This makes the courses come alive so they are more enjoyable and  you are more likely to stay on schedule.

Standard Distance Learning Courses – how they work

These courses including RYA materials, and Elite Sailing multi-media presentations and study guides and resources on a USB memory are the basis of all these on-line options.  They are described in more detail here:  Distance Learning Courses

Hybrid Courses – online video classes for Day Skipper and Yachtmaster

Dates and times of the next online video tutorials are as follows:

Day Skipper Hybrid Series  (Overall duration 3 weeks)

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  1830 to 2000 each day

Series 2: May 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, June 1, 3, 5

Series 3: June 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26

Series 4: June 29, July 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17

Yachtmaster Hybrid Series  (Overall duration 5 weeks)

Tuesdays and Thursdays.  1830 to 2000 each day

Series 2: May 26, 28,  June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25

Series 3: June 30, July 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

Your dates will be confirmed at the time of booking and we will give you access and instructions at that time.

Contact our office on info@elitesailing.co.uk for more information and to enrol.