RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

About the course

The RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Course topics include:

  • the basics of seamanship
  • the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • chartwork
  • electronic charts
  • position fixing
  • plotting a course to steer
  • weather forecasting and meteorology
  • tides
  • collision regulations
  • construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
  • emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

The syllabus is taught with a ratio of 12:1 students to instructor and the price includes all food and accommodation.

Course syllabus

Nautical terms
  • Parts of a boat and hull
  • General nautical terms
  • Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
  • Characteristics of different types of anchor
  • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
  • Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and life-jackets
  • Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone
  • Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Steering and sailing rules
  • General rules
Definition of position, course and speed
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Knowledge of standard navigation terms
  • True bearings and courses
  • The knot
Navigational charts and publications
  • Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
  • Navigational publications in common use
  • Chart correction
Navigational drawing instruments
  • Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
  • Application of variation
  • Awareness of deviation and its courses
  • Use of hand bearing courses
  • Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
  • Techniques of visual fixing
  • Satellite-derived positions
  • Use of way points to fix position
  • Course to steer
Tides and tidal streams
  • Tidal definitions, levels and datum
  • Tide tables
  • Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
  • Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork
Visual aids to navigation
  • Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics
  • Sources of broadcast meteorological information
  • Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft
  • Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts
Passage planning
  • Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
  • Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
  • Use of way points on passage
  • Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
  • Keeping a navigational record
Navigation in restricting visibility
  • Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by, fog
  • Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines
  • IALA system of buoyage for Region A
  • Use of sailing directions
  • Pilotage plans and harbour entry
Marine Environment
  • Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased 28/10/2020 03/11/2020 £480 £600
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased 16/11/2020 22/11/2020 £480 £600
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased 02/12/2020 08/12/2020 £480 £600

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