RYA Theory Courses

RYA Sailing Theory Courses | Bluewater Sailing | CaribbeanRYA sailing theory courses for navigation and seamanship – basic to advanced tuition.


The range of RYA sailing theory courses for navigation and seamanship have been created to teach you the art of navigation. Topics auch as pilotage, passage planning and meteorology are also covered. The RYA sailing theory courses are designed to complement the various RYA practical courses that Bluewater Sailing offers.


These high quality shore-based courses equip both sail and power boat users with enough knowledge to confidently take charge of a vessel. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced sailor, there are RYA sailing theory courses to suit you. The next step is to attend an RYA practical course to put these skills into action around the breath-taking Grenadine islands. There is always the option to book RYA sailing theory courses with the corresponding practical course.



Bluewater Sailing offers premium RYA sailing theory courses from our beautiful Caribbean base of Grenada.

Don’t delay – book today to start your thrilling Caribbean adventure!


Navigation Books


RYA Sailing Theory Courses:

Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Navigation and safety awareness for new, inexperienced or rusty skippers and crew

Day Skipper

A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers

Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster Offshore

Advanced training for more experienced skippers

Yachtmaster Ocean

Unravel the mysteries of astro navigation and ocean passage making

Pre-course experience None Some experience on the water is desirable Day Skipper shore-based Coastal and offshore sailing
Assumed knowledge None None Navigation to Day Skipper shore-based standard Navigation to Coastal Skipper/ Yachtmaster Offshore shore-based standard
Minimum duration 16 hours 40 hours with 2 exam papers 40 hours with 3 exam papers 40 hours with 1 exam paper
Minimum age None None None None
Course content An introduction to navigation and safety Basic seamanship and navigation Offshore and coastal navigation, pilotage, coastal and offshore passages Astro navigation, ocean meteorology
Ability after course Basic knowledge of navigation and safety Background knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night Background knowledge to skipper a yacht on ocean passages