The RYA Day Skipper theory course is your gate way to adventure. Explore that island that you can only get to by boat, navigate to secluded bays through a narrow path either side of a reef.
Master the art of being able to control your boat in local tidal conditions and work out exactly where you want to be at low tide.
This course is designed for both power and sailing craft and it will give you the knowledge to handle short passages by day.
The RYA Day Skipper certificate of compentency automatically entitles you to the ICC or International Certificate of Competency which is what you need to charter a yacht in Europe or cruise the Mediteranean.
It will improve your knowledge of seamanship, safety and coastal navigation
and is recognised as a world class sailing and boating qualification.
The skills in the Day Skipper Course are the skills to successfully complete further RYA courses.
- 40 hours of study plus Exercises and Exams.
- No prior experience required.
- Course Pack sent direct to you.
- Private VC tutorials available.
- 6 Months course access with extension options.
- General Seamanship
- Parts of the boat
- Securing the boat on the dock
- Preparation for Sea
- Sailing Knots
- Anchoring Techniques
- Basic Sailing Theory including
- - setting sails
- - how a yacht actually moves into the wind
- - manouvers
- - steering to a heading
A sector light in operation.
Primarily used as a means to confirm whether a craft is within the safe limits of a channel when navigating at night. The skipper can tell, by looking at the colour of the light, if they
are on course, or in a potentially dangerous situation.
The impact of Tidal movements are more than just the inward and outward flow of seawater
- Understanding the causes of tidal movements.
- Understanding why there can be dramatic differences in tidal behaviour in geographically similar locations.
- Compensating for tidal changes for anchoring and mooring.
- Recognising the different methods to find information about tidal movements.
- Understanding Tidal Streams and there effect on navigation.
- Calcuating secondary port data from a primary port.
- Predicting the impact of tidal streams on your journey and how to compensate for them.
- Compensating for the impact of tidal streams on your journey using manual methods incase of electronics failure.
- Triggers for different weather systems.
- Understanding current weather and predictive weathr forecases and the impact on your journey.
- Interpreting synoptic charts
- Correlating your observations with the expected behaviour from the forecast.
- Analysing onboard instrumentation such as wind and barometric pressure to compare observations with predicted behaviour and monitoring anticipated progression.
- Local weather patterns
- Geographicaly specific weather patterns
Did you know that SOLAS requirements now mandate that any vessel heading to open water must have a passage plan? What is a passage plan>
- Introduction to passage planning with waypoints and visual aids..
- Understanding the effects of tide and current on all passages.
- Identification of Port Entry Requirments, and recomended approach methods.
- Interpreting the impacts of weather and tide on your planned trip.
- Identification of Hazards.
- Ports of Refuge.
- Creq management and Safety
- Recognition and Identification
- Determination of purpose
- Lighting, shapes and colour schemes.
- IALA-A and IALA-B schemes.
- Identification on a chart and GPS plotter.
Did you know that any indication of fire on a vessel is regarded automatically by search and rescue as a mayday.
- Recognition of distress Signals
- Radio Telephony Mayday Calls.
- Required Safety Equipment.
- Conducting Safety Briefings
- Basic sea survival including
- use of liferafts
- life jackets and required specification
- helicopter rescue
- use of flares
- General Vessel Safety
- Emergency Response and Management
- Identification of different types of fire extinguishers, fire supresssion and fire prevention.
- Radar Reflectors
- Actions in Reduced Visibility
- Collision Avoidance
- Rules of the Road
- Vessel Identification Lights
- Your own ships lights
- Day Shapes
- Sound Signals
- Right of way in complex situations
- Practical Right of way.
Each course comes with 6 months access with the opportunity to renew at any time. Course extensions cost $60 for an additional 6 months.
If this is your first time doing a NAVatHOME course, we reccomend you complete the free trial course so that you are aware of the style of the course before booking.
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