RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

An introduction to navigation and seamanship for those new to yachting or wanting to consolidate existing skills.

About the course

The RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for competent crew. The course will equip 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

This course can be undertaken in the classroom or as a live online course.


Live Online Learning course available

Our RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course is also available as a LIVE online learning course delivered by UKSA’s dedicated instructors. Real-time learning sessions are held over the voice and video platform, Zoom and can be completed from home using a WIFI enabled laptop, home PC or tablet*.

The course will be run over 6 days (09:00 – 17:00) via zoom with one of UKSA’s expert instructors.

An RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course pack will be posted to you once you are registered on the course.

Please note that as this course is taught online any exams will not be classed as invigilated, and your certificate will state this. Therefore if you are looking to commercially endorse your RYA Day Skipper qualification you will need to sit an invigilated exam at a recognised RYA centre at a later date. UKSA can arrange this for you on completion of the course, please note a £50 exam fee will apply.

*Please follow the links below for system requirements to run Zoom on a laptop, PC, tablet or mobile device.

Course syllabus

Nautical terms
  • Parts of a boat and hull
  • General nautical terms
Ropework
  • Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
Anchorwork
  • Characteristics of different types of anchor
  • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
Safety
  • 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
Compass
  • Application of variation
  • Awareness of deviation and its courses
  • Use of hand bearing courses
Chartwork
  • 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
Meteorology
  • 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
Pilotage
  • 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

What’s Included

  • Plotters and dividers
  • RYA Training charts 3 & 4 and RYA Training Almanac
  • RYA Day Skipper Northern Hemisphere Exercise book

Reminder that as this course is taught online any exams will not be classed as invigilated, and your certificate will state this. Therefore if you are looking to commercially endorse your RYA Day Skipper qualification you will need to sit an invigilated exam at a recognised RYA centre at a later date. UKSA can arrange this for you on completion of the course, please note a £50 exam fee will apply.

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Live Online Learning 07/12/2020 12/12/2020 £350

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