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RYA Helmsman and Day Skipper Combined

5 days: £1,380.00


This 5 day course combines the level entry RYA Helmsman course and RYA Day Skipper and introduces you to Coastal Motor Cruising. It will provide you with the skills required to skipper a motor cruiser with confidence in familiar waters during daylight hours. 

Covering elementary seamanship, rope work and basic boat handling skills. 


Suggested Previous Experience

Theory: Your knowledge of coastal navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of RYA Day Skipper shorebased.

Practical: None, but any you do have will be an advantage.


Included in the course:

  • Accommodation & meals on board
  • Fuel & mooring fees
  • Safety equipment





Course Content

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


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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.



Types of craft

  • Sportsboats, motor cruisers planing / displacement
  • Types of hull, seakeeping, wash considerations

Engines and drives

  • Petrol / diesel
  • Single / twin screw
  • Shafts / outdrives, outboard, waterjets

Engine operation and maintenance

  • Pre-start checks inboards / outboards
  • Engine checks while running
  • Routine maintenance checks
  • Fuel consumption range, reserve and location of cutoffs
  • Basic fault diagnosis

Safety and seamanship

  • Personal safety equipment, lifejackets, buoyancy aids, flares, first aid kit
  • Anchoring: types, stowage, depth of water, preparation, check holding, weighing (may be done practically)
  • Disable craft, towing
  • Fire precautions, extinguishers, fire blankets

Rules of the road

  • Has a working knowledge of the IRPCS

Boat Preparation

  • Local boating conditions and regulations
  • Preparation of boat, lines and fenders
  • Safety equipment, lifejackets, dangers, number in boat
  • CE marks, loading, effect on handling and performance
  • Use of kill cords.
  • If trailing - number of people for launching/recovery, slipway condition steep/slippery, wind, tide.
  • Can tie and knows use of bowline, round turn and two half hitches, clove hitch, single and double sheetbend.

Boat handling

  • Steering, controls, windage
  • Starting and stopping
  • Low speed, steering a straight course
  • Turning in a confined area
  • Effect of wind on bow
  • High speed / full power, planning, trim tabs and power trim
  • S turns, U turns, stopping from speed
  • Displacement craft - handling ahead and astern
  • Carrying way

Securing to a buoy

  • Preparation of mooring warp and boathooks.
  • Method of approach in various conditions.
  • Crew communication.
  • Making fast.

Berthing alongside

  • Preparation and use of lines and springs, fenders, attachment to boat, stowage underway, securing to cleats
  • Method of approach in various conditions of wind and tide
  • Making fast - importance of "taking a turn"
  • Use of springs to leave a berth.

Man overboard

  • Immediate reaction
  • Proper observation of man overboard
  • Correct return
  • Awareness of propellers
  • Final approach and recovery of man overboard


RYA Day Skipper Practical Motor Certificate

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