RYA Day Skipper Combined
9 Day (Theory & Practical Sail Combined): £990.00
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The RYA Day Skipper combined shorebased and practical course runs for 9 days and is for aspiring skippers who have some yachting experience, with basic navigation and sailing ability.
You should be able to sail around a triangular course and control boat speed and if gybing is still a surprise, then you need more practice.
Theory - Your course will commence in our waterside classroom on Saturday morning at 0930 for 4 days where you will receive a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to start making decisions on board. This part of the course is non-residential (local accommodation can be recommended) and will finish at approximately 1730h Tuesday.
Practical - The next 5 days of your course is residential and full board. You will join the yacht by 2030h on Tuesday evening and start to put the shorebased elements of the course you have learned over the previous 4 days into practice. You will be taken through all safety checks and familiarisation of the yacht before setting sail by mid-morning the next day and returning to the marina at approximately 1600h Sunday afternoon.
Each trainee skipper will be asked to skipper the yacht on a short passage. The instructor will be on hand to give advice and encouragement, ensuring that your destination is reached safely. The essential element is that you experience being in charge, taking the credit when all goes well and also being responsible when it does not. The end of each day is usually spent around the chart discussing the passages and gaining from each other's experience. At the end of the course you should achieve a level of seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.
Minimum age: 16
You will be coached over the RYA Day Skipper theory & practical course syllabus.
- Day Skipper shorebased theory notes book
- RYA course pack and materials including practice Almanac and charts
- Access to the RYA online chart plotter
- Tea and Coffee (Only courses at EASS)
- All meals are provided for the duration of the course including a home cooked wholesome and hearty evening meal, exactly what you need after a day’s sailing and learning!
- Accommodation on board – you are required to bring a sleeping bag with you & you can expect to stay overnight at other local marinas
- Parking – available at Suffolk Yacht Harbour
- All mooring fees, safety equipment, fuel and tuition from one of our experienced RYA instructors.
Maximum teaching ratio - 4:1
Course language - English
An intensive 9 day combined Day Skipper shorebased and practical course. 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.
RYA Day Skipper Theory Certificate & RYA Day Skipper Practical Certificate.
Holders of this certificate wll be able to obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) - this is a certificate which is intended to provide evidence of competence when requested by officials in foreign countries. You will often be required to show this when chartering vessels abroad.
If the weather is not looking great or is forecast to be a bit chilly or windy you can hire wet weather gear from us.
Musto Waterproofs available in S, M, L, XL and XXL - £30.00 for the practical part of the course.
You are expected to bring the following comfort pack items with you; however if you don't want to bring your best duck down pillow or you haven't got a sleeping bag, don't worry you can hire a comfort pack from us!
A Comfort Pack comprises of a freshly laundered sleeping bag with liner, pillow, pillow case and towel - £15.00.
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
Navigational Drawing Instruments
Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
Application of variation
Awareness of deviation and its causes
Use of hand-bearing compass
Chartwork and Navigation - Traditional and Electronic
Dead reckoning and estimated position including awareness of leeway
Techniques of visual fixing
Use of GNSS and chartplotters for postion fixing
Use of waypoints to fix position
Course to steer
Tides and Tidal Streams
Tidal definitions, levels and datum
Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port
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 and visual confirmation 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 (Regions A & B)
Use of sailing directions
Pilotage plans and harbour entry
Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment
Preparation for Sea
Understand basic stability and buoyancy for small vessels
Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below.
Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions
Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth.
Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including:
Taking and plotting visual fixes
Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
- Can use secondary means of position fixing
Use of waypoints and routes
Can use knowledge of IALA buoyage
Maintenance of navigational records
Can use echo sounder
Understands working up DR and EP
- Understnds the use fo lead line, or similar
Knowledge of the uses and limitations of AIS
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
Knows sources of forecast information
Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid.
Rules of the Road
Has a practical understanding of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (I.R.P.C.S.)
Maintenance and Repair Work
Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks
Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic-fibre ropes.
A working knowledge of the prevention of common engine faults and is competent in the following areas:
The need for periodic maintenance checks on engines and electrical installations
Requirements for tool kits, spares and lubricants
The location of filters and bleed points for fuel
The tension of drive belts and how to adjust or replace them
Can arry out checks before startig, while running and after stopping
Is able to clean water filters and knows the location of impellors
Can estimate fue consumption at various speeds and knows the effect of fouling
Can carry out basic troubleshooting
Understands how to victual a yacht for the planned passage
Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
Understands how to issue distress signals by all avilable means
How to use a liferaft
How to secure a the yacht for a tow
Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
The effects of cold-water shock on a casulty in the water and the aftercare requirements for the casualty ho has been in the water
Yacht Handling Under Power
Has knowledge of the effect of waves on boat handling and crew comfort
Understand the different styles of hull and propulsion systems
How to moor and leave a bow/stern-to mooring
Can carry out the following manouvers in various wind and tide conditions:
- Steer a straight course
- Turn in a confined space
- Anchor at pre-determined position
- Berth alongside
- Leave an alongside berth
- Pick up a moorning buoy
- Be aware of other water users
Yacht Handling Under Sail
Understand the characteristics of differennt types of keel
Can bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing. Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing.
Knowledge of marina locks
- Understands the practical benefts and limitations of a chartplotter or GNSS
Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and strength of the crew.
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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