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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Special Winter Day Rates

Family groups can charter for any length of time but we have to restrict people from different households to day charters only. If you don't know how to sail we can provide a skipper.

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