| | |

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Syllabus

The RYA Day Skipper Sailing Course is taught on board a sail cruising yacht of 7-15 metres length of waterline (LWL).

You will learn to apply the pilotage, navigation and seamanship skills you have, which needs to be at the level of the RYA Day Skipper Sailing Theory, and boat handling skills up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in waters with which you are familiar.

Knowledge

  • Day Skipper Theory 
  • 5 days at sea
  • 100 sea miles – actively taking part in sailing a yacht
  • 4 night hours

The course can be taken with us

  • 5 days in duration taken consecutively

Day Skipper Practical Course Syllabus

1. Preparation for sea

Knowledge of

  • Basic stability and buoyancy for small vessels

Can

  • Prepare a cruising vessel for sea, including engine checks, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below
  • Selection of sails

2. Deck work

Can

  • Can Reef, shake out sails and change sails to suit prevailing conditions
  • Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth

3. Navigation

Is proficient in chart work and routine navigational duties on passage including:

Knowledge of

  • The uses and limitations of AIS

Understands

  • Working up Dead Reckoning (DR) and Estimated Position (EP)
  • How to work out a course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift
  • Use of lead line or similar

Can

  • Take and plot visual fixes
  • Estimate Tidal streams and tidal heights
  • Use electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
  • Use secondary means of position fixing
  • Use of waypoints and routes
  • Knowledge of IALA Buoyage
  • Maintain navigational records
  • Use an echo sounder

4. Pilotage

Can

  • Prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
  • Use leading and clearing lines
  • Use transits and soundings as aids to pilotage

5. Meteorology

Understands

  • How to interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid

Can

  • Source forecast information

6. Rule of the Road

Can

  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

7. Maintenance and repair work

Knowledge of

  • The properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes

Understands

  • Maintenance tasks and is able to carry them out

8. Engines

  • Has a working Knowledge of the prevention of common engine faults and is competent in the following areas:

Understands

  • The need for periodic maintenance checks on engines and electrical installations
  • Requirements for tool kits, spares and lubriCants
  • The location of filters and bleed points for fuel
  • The tension of drive belts and how to adjust or replace them.

Can

  • Carry out checks before starting, while running and after stopping
  • Clean water filters and knows the location of impellors
  • Estimate fuel consumption at various speeds and knows the effects of fouling
  • Basic troubleshooting

9. Victualling

Understands

  • How to victual a cruising yacht appropriately for the planned passage

10. Emergency situations

Understands

  • How to issue distress signals by all available means, including distress flares and a VHF radio in an emergency
  • How to use a life raft
  • How to secure a tow
  • Rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
  • The effects of cold water shock on a casualty in the water
  • The aftercare requirements of a casualty who has been in the water

Can

  • Carry out the correct action as skipper for the recovery of a man overboard

11. Yacht handling under power

Knowledge of

  • Effects of waves on boat handling and crew comfort

Understands

  • Differing styles of hull and propulsion systems
  • How to moor and leave a bow/stern to mooring (practical experience where possible)

Can

  • Carry out the following manoeuvres under power in various wind and tide conditions: 
  • Steer a straight course
  • Turn in a confined space
  • Anchor at a pre-determined position under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Berth alongside under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Leave an alongside berth under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Pick up a mooring buoy under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Be aware of other water users

12. Yacht handling under sail

Understands

  • The characteristics of different types of keels

Can

  • Bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing

13. Passage making

Knowledge of

  • Marina Locks

Understands

  • The practical benefits and limitations of a chart plotter or GNSS

Can

  • Plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew

14. Night cruising

Knowledge of

  • Has experience of sailing at night, including leaving and entering a harbour

Understands

  • Special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a look

Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400

Location

Edifico Antiguo Varadero
Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands

Contact

Email stephanie@endeavour-sailing.co.uk
Phone 0034 928 849 670
Mobile 0034 628 478 400

Request a call back Send us your phone number and we'll call you!
The Name is required
The Phone is required
Thank you. We have got your request. We will contact you as soon as possible.