Sorry I didnt say there wasnt a day skipper theory course. I may have misread the OP original post as he mentioned the "day skipper"course and not the day skipper theory course.
In my opinion ( and I am a RYA trainer). If you want to do a night course and while away some time over a dark and dreay winter, then just do the Yachtmaster Offshore
Theory. There no real point in doing the other theory courses.
[QUOTE]since you are sailing for many years, my advise is buy some good yacht master books and do your theory exam and then do your yacht master practical and skip all that day skipper / coastal skipper stuff as you might fall asleep. QUOTE]
Actually you dont need to to do teh theory exam at all to do the practical. However if you want to take the YM offshore practical, I would reccomend a 5 day YM preparation course. That way you do the actual type of excercises that a YM instructor will ask you to do. Because how many of you have done say a blind navigation excercise with no nav electronics
. Note the prep course isnt an RYA one, its usually run by the training centre