- RYA Day Skipper Theory Certificate
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$550 AUD inc GST.
- Online E-Learing program with immediate access.
- 40 hours of study plus Exercises and Exams.
- No prior experience required.
- RYA Day Skipper 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. This course covers all the shorebased theory for the RYA Day Skipper Practical course.
The completion of the RYA Day Skipper theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical 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.
The RYA Day skipper course is one of Australias best online sailing and motoring courses. It is foundation of the RYA Yachtmaster program with a strong baseline in knowledge and skills that you can use anywhere.
- Skippers looking to understand navigation best practices for waters they are familiar with.
- People planning to charter a yacht in Europe, Asia or the Caribbean.
- Skippers wanting to understand navigation fundamentals.
- Skippers looking to start the RYA yachtmaster pathway.
- 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