RYA Day Skipper Theory
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.
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.
- RYA Day Skipper Theory Certificate
A sector light.
$550 AUD inc GST.
- Online E-Learing program with immediate access.
- 40 hours of study plus Exercises and Exams.
- No prior experience required.
- Course Pack sent direct to you.
- Commercial Grade Plotter & Dividers incuded.
- Private VC tutorials available.
- 6 Months course access with extension options.
- Bespoke, practical supplementary course material for Australia and South Pacific Weather Patterns.
Who is this course for?
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 Mediterranean.
- Skippers wanting to master their knowledge.
- Those who adventure on day passages that have some navigational challenges.
- Those just starting on ovenight local trips..
This level course does require some degree of boating knowledge to start. Ideally you would have spent some time on the water crewing for someone of even skippering your own boat mastering the elementary parts.
The following course options are great starting course leading into the Day Skipper Program but are not essential. If you want to, you can jump straight into Day Skipper.
- Boating Experience- ideally with some real world attempts at navigation
- Basic addition and subtraction maths.
What the course covers:
- General Seamanship
- Parts of the boat
- Securing the boat on the dock
- Preparation for Sea
- Sailing Knots
- Anchoring Techniques
- Basic Sailing Theory including
how a yacht actually moves into the wind
steering and maintaing a heading with the wind
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.
How is the course delivered
The course is provided using the world class NAVatHOME RYA accredited training program.
Support and Extras
Through out your course, you will be supported either by one of the NAVatHOME expert instructors, or by one of our supporting instructor at a partner school. Throughout the course, students will have full access to all NAVatHOME supporting resources and access to the international Navathome support network if you are planning an overseas trip.
- Collision Regulations
- Vessel Lights & Flip Cards
- VHF radio Simulator
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, consider completing the free trial course so that you are aware of the style of the course before booking.
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