RYA Day Skipper Practical Course
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RYA Day Skipper practical course - with the support of your instructor, you take charge for short passages.
RYA Day Skipper
Skippering a boat is fun, and this course is about taking your first steps towards taking charge, with the safety net of an instructor on board. Everyone will be given a chance to navigate and take control for short coastal passages. You will also have plenty of practice at coordinating manoeuvres under sail and power, and learning how to cope with emergencies. Learn big boat watch leader skills on deck, and navigational techniques below with GPS and radar and a large chart table. Successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper means you should feel confident enough to tackle short day passages as skipper in tidal waters. Our instructors will be happy to discuss what your next step might be.
RYA Day Skipper Practical Syllabus (Practical Course)
Aim: The Day Skipper practical course is conducted on board a cruising yacht (7-13m LOA) to teach pilotage, navigation and seamanship. Plus boat handling to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day. This would be in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.
Preparation for Sea
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 and mooring warps and take charge on deck. The situations to cope with are mooring alongside, coming up to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor, and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth.
Is proficient in chart work and routine navigational duties on passage including:
Yacht handling under power
Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide.
Yacht handling under sail
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 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.
A sailing holiday on a classic sailing boat that allows you to study for the practical RYA Day Skipper Courses on Eve of St Mawes in Cornwall or onboard Golden Vanity in Devon will stand you in good stead for any type of yacht sailing.
Another excellent way of learning is through reading. The RYA have an excellent range of books covering all aspects of sailing and navigation, as well as useful learning tools to help you along the way.
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