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2 Day Weekend: £305.00
3 Day Weekend: £415.00
5 Days: £685.00
The 5 day, RYA Day Skipper Sailing practical course is for aspiring skippers who have some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing ability.
Suggested Previous Experience
You should already know how to sail and have;
Your knowledge of coastal navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of Day Skipper shorebased course.
You should be able to sail around a triangular course and control boat speed and if gybing is still a surprise, then you need more practice.
You will be coached over the full RYA Day Skipper syllabus as you live aboard one of the school owned yachts and all your meals will be provided for the duration of the course. Each trainee skipper will be asked to skipper the yacht on a short passage. The instructor will be on hand to give advice and encouragement, ensuring that your destination is reached safely.
The essential element is that you experience being in charge, taking the credit when all goes well and also being responsible when it does not. The end of each day is usually spent around the chart discussing the passages and gaining from each other's experience. At the end of the course you should achieve a level of seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.
Five consecutive days on board, commencing at 2030 hours on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.
Cover the 5 day course over two weekends
3 two day weekends, commencing Friday evenings at 2030 h finishing approximately Sunday at 1700.
A 9 day combined Day Skipper shorebased and practical course. First 4 days are spent learning the theory in the classroom (non-residential) followed by the remaining 5 days on board (residential) putting into practice what was learnt ashore whilst it is still fresh in your mind.
DATESOther dates may also be available, please check with our administration team.
2 day weekend
3 day weekend
This course conforms to the MCA standards for sail training. The full course syllabus is found in RYA logbook G15 available from our office or eBay shop.
RYA Day Skipper Tidal Practical Sail Certificate.
RYA Day Skipper Practical Syllabus
Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below.
Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions. Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth.
Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including: Taking and plotting visual fixes; Working up DR and EP; Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing; Use of waypoints; Knowledge of IALA buoyage; Estimating tidal heights and streams; Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift; Maintenance of navigational records; Use of echo sounder and lead line.
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.
Knows sources of forecast information. Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid.
Has a working knowledge of the I.R.P.C.S.
Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks. Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic ropes.
Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and how to bleed the fuel system.
Understands how to victual a yacht.
Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard. Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft. Can operate a radio telephone and send a distress message. Understands how to secure a tow. Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.
Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide.
Can bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide. Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing. Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing.
Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and strength of the crew. Do not forget your passport.