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RYA Day Skipper

4 days: £1,190.00

There is also a Combined Helmsman & Day Skipper available - 5 days: £1,380.00


This 4 day course covers the skills required to skipper a motor cruiser with confidence in familiar waters during daylight hours.

Suggested Previous Experience

You should have a suggested minimum logged experience of:

  • 5 days (100 miles)
  • 4 night hours of Motor Cruising at sea.
  • Your knowledge of coastal navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of RYA Day Skipper shorebased.

 Included in the course:

  • Accommodation on board
  • Meals aboard
  • Fuel & mooring fees
  • Safety equipment

 Course Content

You will be coached in safety, boat handling, navigation and engine maintenance aboard our Nelson 44, Katriona.





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Available to Hire

  • Wet Weather gear - Musto Waterproofs - £30.00 for the week.
  • 'Comfort Pack' - this comprises a freshly laundered sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and towel - £15.00 for the week.



Preparation for sea

  • Is able to prepare a motor cruiser for sea, carry out fuel and engine checks, secure and stow all gear on deck and below.

Boat handling

  • Can carry out the following manoeuvres under power in various wind and tide conditions and have an understanding of the different styles of hull and propulsion systems.
    • Steering a straight course
    • Turning in a confined space
    • Anchoring at a pre-determined position
    • Berthing alongside
    • Leaving an alongside berth
    • Picking up a mooring buoy
    • Correct use of power trim and tabs
    • Awareness of other water users


  • Is proficient in chart work and can carry out the following tasks
    • Taking and plotting visual fixes
    • Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
    • Use of waypoints
    • Working up DR and EP
    • Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
    • Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream and leeway
    • Knowledge of IALA buoyage
    • Maintenance of navigational records
    • Use of echo sounder


  • 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

Passage planning

  • Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking into account the relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by that type of boat, weather, tide and the strength of the crew
  • Has been introduced to the practical benefits and limitations of GPS


  • Knows sources of forecast information
  • Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid

Rules of the Road

  • Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea


  • Has a working knowledge of the prevention of common engine faults and is competent in the following areas
    • Checks before starting, whilst running and after stopping
    • Periodic maintenance checks on engines and electrical installations
    • Requirements for tool kits, spares and lubricants
    • Can clean water filters and knows location of impellers
    • Knows location of filters and bleed points for fuel
    • Knows tension of drive belts and how to change
    • Fuel consumption at various speeds and the effects of fouling

Emergency situations

  • Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
  • Can operate a radio telephone in an emergency and send a distress message
  • Understands how to secure a tow
  • Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
  • Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft

Night Cruising

  • Has experienced motor cruising at night, including leaving and entering a harbour, and understands the special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks at night


RYA Day Skipper [Motor] Tidal Practical Certificate with the recommendation for a RYA International Certificate of Competence.

East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com