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02 9327 1166

Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Harbour

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RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

Navigation, Meteorology, Seamanship and Safety

A comprehensive course covering the theoretical aspects designed to complement the practical sailing courses. This is a 40 hour course that ideally should be done concurrently or prior to the completion of the Dayskipper Practical Course so you will be able to put the theory into practice as you head offshore. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to navigate a coastline and make decisions onboard.

We have structured the course so it is divided into 2 modules, and it can be done as an evening course, 1 lesson a week, a weekend course over 5 Saturdays or as a 5 day block.

Module 1: Meteorology and Seamanship - 2 days or 6 evenings

Module 2: Coastal Navigation Course - 3 days or 8 evenings

Previous Experience Required: None essential but a minimum of RYA Start Yachting practical recommended.

Ability After Course: Background theoretical knowledge of coastal navigation, seamanship, safety and meteorology to skipper a small vessel in familiar waters by day, be able to use charts to set a course and do position fixing.

Evening course   Module 1: 6 weeks & Module 2: 8 weeks @ 3 hours a week
Weekend course Module 1: 2 days & Module 2: 3 days @ 8-9 hours a week (one day each weekend)
5 Day intensive course Modules 1 & 2: 5 consecutive days @ 8-9 hours each day

Includes: RYA-chartwork
  • Day skipper shorebased course kit comprising:
  • Day skipper practical course notes
  • Day skipper handbook
  • RYA practice charts
  • Sample exercises
  • Practice Navigation Tables
  • Chart Plotter Simulator
  • Assessment papers
  • Course completion certificate
  • Please bring notepad, soft lead pencil, parallel rule or protractor, pen, sharpener, eraser, ruler
  • Charts & navigation publications gps-navigation-course
  • Chart Corrections
  • Compass errors - variation & deviation
  • Terminology & chart symbols
  • Lights & buoyage
  • Latitude & longitude
  • Position fixing, course and speed
  • Dead Reckoning & EP's
  • Use of plotting equipment
  • Tides and Tidal Definitions
  • Secondary Port Calculations
  • Use of tidal diamonds & tidal stream atlas
  • Restricted Visibility
  • Log Keeping
  • Transits, leading and clearing lines
  • GPS & use of way points
  • Pilotage & Port entries
  • Passage Preparation and Planning
  • Meteorology
  • Ropes, knots & splicing
  • Anchoring, docking & mooring
  • Safety equipment - use & stowage
  • Emergency situations
  • Gear failure
  • International Collision Regulations
  • Pollution & marine environment
For course dates and prices click here or click here for learn to sail packages

You can check out the answers to questions that are regularly asked on our FAQ's page.

Please contact us 02 9327 1166 or email us on training@eastsail.com.au for more information on our sailing school lessons and RYA courses.

Courses valid for 12 months, packages for 18 months from date of purchase. Refunds are not available. We need 7 days notice prior to the commencement of the course to change a booking.
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