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RYA Day Skipper Theory Syllabus

The RYA Day Skipper Sailing Theory provides a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship.

RYA Day Skipper Theory Syllabus

1. Nautical terms

Working knowledge of

  • Parts of a boat and hull
  • General nautical terminology

2. Ropework

Working knowledge of

  • The properties of synthetic ropes in common use

3. Anchorwork

Working knowledge of

  • Characteristics of different types of anchor
  • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring

4. Safety

Working knowledge of

  • The safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use (See RYA Boat Safety Handbook, C103)
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets
  • Ability to send a distress signal by DSC and VHF voice
  • Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue

5. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Full knowledge of

  • Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)

Working knowledge of

General rules (all other rules)

6. Definition of position, course and speed

Working knowledge of

  • Latitude and longitude
  • Standard navigational terms
  • True bearings and courses

Outline knowledge of

  • The knot

7. Navigational charts and publications

Working knowledge of

  • Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance

Outline knowledge of

  • Navigational publications in common use
  • Chart correction

8. Navigational drawing instruments

Working knowledge of

  • Use of parallel rulers, dividers, and proprietary plotting instruments

9. Compass

Working knowledge of

  • Application of variation
  • Use of hand-bearing compass

Outline knowledge of

  • Deviation and its causes

10. Chartwork

Full knowledge of

  • Use of waypoints to fix position

Working knowledge of

  • Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
  • Techniques of visual fixing
  • Satellite-derived positions
  • Use of waypoints to fix position
  • Course to steer

11. Tides and tidal streams

  • Working knowledge of
  • 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

12. Visual aids to navigation

Working knowledge of

  • Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics

13. Meteorology

Working knowledge of

  • Sources of broadcast meteorological information
  • Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft

Outline knowledge of

  • Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts

14. Passage planning

Full knowledge of

  • Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
  • Keeping a navigational record

Working knowledge of

  • Use of waypoints on passage

Outline knowledge of

  • Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
  • Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages

15. Navigation in restricted visibility

Working knowledge of

  • Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog

16. Pilotage

Working knowledge of

  • Use of transits, leading lines and clearing bearings
  • IALA system of buoyage for Region A
  • Use of sailing directions
  • Pilotage plans and harbour entry

17. Marine environment

Working knowledge of

  • Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment

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