RYA Day Skipper Course

A Course For Aspiring Skippers

RYA Day Skipper Course – Course Syllabus

The day skipper course is for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Preparation for Sea

  • Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing the stowage of all gear on deck and below

Deck Work

  • Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions
  • Can prepare an anchor, mooing warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth

Navigation

  • Is proficient in chart work and routine navigational duties on passage including:
  • Tacking and plotting visual fixes
  • Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
  • Use of way points
  • Working up DR and EP
  • Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
  • Working out course to steer to allow for tidal steam, leeway and drift
  • Knowledge of IALA buoyage
  • Maintenance of navigational records
  • Use of echo sounder and lead line

Pilotage

  • Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
  • Understands the use of leading and clearing lines
  • Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage

Meteorology

  • Knows sources of forecast information
  • Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid

Rule of the Road

  • Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Maintenance & Repair Work

  • Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks
  • Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes

Engines

  • Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system

Victualling

  • Understands how to victual a yacht

Emergency Situations

  • Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
  • Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
  • Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
  • Understands how to secure a tow
  • Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue

Yacht Handling under Power

  • Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide

Yacht Handling under Sail

  • Can bring a boat safely to and from a mooing buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing

Passage Making

  • Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew

Night Cruising

  • Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour. Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.
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