RYA Day Skipper Theory
5 days: £445.00
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The RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of seamanship, navigation and meteorology. The course is suitable for sailors and motor boaters. By the end of this course you should be competent enough to theoretically navigate around familiar waters by day. No previous experience is required however any practical knowledge you have is desirable. The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers.
The course covers the basics of inshore and coastal navigation, position fixing, chartwork, planning, collision regulations, lights and buoyage, safety at sea, electronic navigation and pilotage.
- You will be coached over the RYA Day Skipper theory syllabus by one of our experienced RYA instructors.
- Day Skipper shorebased theory notes
- Practice Almanac
- Practice Charts
- Access to the online RYA chart plotter
- Tea and Coffee (Only courses at EASS)
You will need to bring a laptop or tablet along with the RYA chart plotter already downloaded, we will send you your access code before your course.
Maximum teaching ratio - 12:1
Course language - English
We have five different options for completing the RYA Day Skipper theory course.
The five day classroom course at East Anglian Sea School can be taken over:
Consecutive days: A non-residential course available over five days commencing either a Saturday or Monday at 0930h and ending approximately 1730h Wednesday or Friday.
Over Two weekends: A non-residential course available over two weekends.
- 3 day weekend: commencing Saturday at 0930h and ending approximately 1700h Monday
- Miss a weekend
- 2 day weekend: commencing Saturday at 0930h and ending approximately 1700h Sunday.
Evening Classes - Evening classes take place at East Anglian Sea School - Starting October each year - 10 weeks before Christmas and 10 weeks after. The Day Skipper evening class takes place on Wednesday from 1930h - 2130h.
Combined Theory & Practical (9 days) - The first 4 days are spent learning the theory in the classroom (non-residential) followed by the remaining 5 days on board (residential) putting into practice what was learnt ashore whilst it is still fresh in your mind.
Distance Learning: Correspondence course online - Work through the syllabus anywhere in the world at your own pace with our distance learning option.
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased certificate.
Local Accommodation – if you need accommodation for the theory part of the course we can recommend a self-contained studio flat ‘The Sail Loft’ which is available within walking distance from the Marina where our classrooms are based. Please check availability with us.
Parts of a boat and hull, and General nautical terminology
Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
Characteristics of different types of anchor
Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use
Fire precautions and fire fighting.
Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets.
Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone.
Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)
General rules (all other rules)
Definition of position, course and speed.
Latitude and longitude.
Knowledge of standard navigational terms
True bearings and courses
Navigational charts and publications
Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance- Navigational publications in common use. - Chart correction
Navigational drawing instruments
Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
Application of variation - Awareness of deviation and its causes
Use of handbearing compass
Dead reckoning and estimated position including awareness of leeway
Techniques of visual fixing - Satellite derived positions
Use of waypoints to fix position - Course to steer
Tides and Tidal Streams
Tidal definitions, levels and datum - Tide tables
Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork
Visual Aids to Navigation
Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics
Sources of broadcast meteorological information
Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale and their significance to small craft
Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts
Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
Use of waypoints on passage
Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
Keeping a navigational record
Navigation in restricted visibility
Precautions to be taken in and limitations imposed by fog
Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines. IALA buoyage for region A Use of sailing directions. - Pilotage plans and harbour entry
Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment
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