Pre course requirements.
There are no pre-course requirements for the RYA Day Skipper theory course but some sailing knowledge is helpful.
Ideally some sailing experience on an RYA practical course such as competent crew or some dinghy sailing is sufficient but not essential.
Even a flotilla holiday with friends is enough to give you a good idea why you should enroll in the RYA Day Skipper theory course.
Why you should choose this course.
Our course price is £ 285 for the Day skipper includes the RYA pack containing practice charts, the RYA Chart Plotter Simulator, the RYA Day Skipper course notes, the RYA practice Almanac and the RYA Day Skipper question paper.
In addition you have an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor to help if needed.
Price £285 with no hidden extras, your dividers and Portland type plotter are included
The RYA course pack containing the RYA course notes, an RYA practice almanac, two RYA practice charts, The RYA plotter simulator, connection to the online course and questions, a free Portland type plotter, a pair of brass dividers, free postage to anywhere in Europe and personal help throughout your course from our fully qualified instructors.
Your course will not expire until you pass you will never need to buy the course again. Your access last 6 months after which there is a £30 option to renew as many times as you like until you pass. You can also put your course on hold if you go through a patch where you are unable to continue.
This course is offered by Island Cruising club and run by Navathome.com
- Syllabus for the RYA Day Skipper online theory course
Seamanship:- includes parts of the boat, types of warp, knots, chain, anchoring, tying up, preparation for sea and port or starboard tack.
Introduction to chart work:- chart Familiarisation, points of the compass, latitude and longitude, position of an object, using a Portland type plotter, finding position on a chart.
Tidal heights and streams:- what causes tides, terminology, tidal height calculations, using tide tables, using the tidal curve, introduction to secondary ports, tidal streams using tidal diamonds and the tidal stream atlas.
Position fixing:-, compass variation, compass deviation, position fixing using various methods, dead reckoning and estimated position.
Course to steer:- How to plot a course to steer taking into account tidal flow and leeway, how to maintain an accurate ground track.
GPS:- Abbreviations and terminology, how to use a GPS, raster and vector charts and updating charts.
Buoyage and pilotage:- Available information, identification of buoys and their lights and shapes, using forward and back bearings, using tidal graphs.
Safety:- Safety briefs, mayday and rescue, life jackets, abandon ship, actions in fog and radar reflectors.
Meteorology:- Weather forecasts, weather systems, global effects, local effects, highs and lows and sources of weather information.
Passage planning:- Puts everything together to form a plan for a safe passage taking into account pilotage for entering and leaving marinas and tides, conditions and wind direction for the main passage.
Collision regulations:- General regulations, lights, shapes, sound signals, collision avoidance, stand on and give way.
Passage making:- Making a longer passage taking into account tidal heights, streams, port entry and exit, weather, ports of refuge, waypoints, crew management and supplies.