Day Skipper Shorebased Course

This course is the perfect choice for intermediate sailors looking to expand their knowledge of sailing theory in tandem with increasing their practical experience.

The Day Skipper shorebased course covers the theory aspects of navigation, seamanship and meteorology and is designed to complement the practical sailing courses. This is a 40 hour course that ideally should be completed alongside or prior to the Day Skipper Practical Course so you can put the theory into practice.

Course Details

Previous experience is not essential, but a minimum of the RYA Start Yachting practical level is recommended. After the course you will have 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 and course and do position fixing.

The course includes a dayskipper shorebased course kit comprising:

  • Dayskipper handbook
  • RYA practice charts
  • Sample exercises
  • Soft lead pencil, sharpener and eraser
  • Practice navigation tables
  • Chart plotter simulator
  • Assessment papers
  • Course completion certificate

Course Syllabus

  • Charts and navigation publications
  • 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

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