RYA Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper

This course is an introduction to the theoretical skills needed to skipper a small craft. It provides basic seamanship and an introduction to navigation and meteorology. It is often the first course in the RYA National Cruising Scheme that people attempt.

Course type:

The ideal course for those with little or no experience, or some seagoing experience but no formal theory background. No pre-course knowledge is required.

Successful students will be issued with an RYA ‘Day Skipper Shorebased Course Completion Certificate’.

The next course will be run as a mixture of pre learning using online modules from the essential navigation course and classroom sessions.

The essential navigation modules can be completed with 16 hours and paced to suite you but would recommend this is spread out over a month ideally starting in September 2021 

The classroom sessions will be on the 20th and 21st November 2021 with a couple of evening zoom webinars on the 12th, 14th October and 3rd November at 19:15 to complete the course

The course will cost £360 and includes the charts, course book and almanac. Plotting equipment will cost an additional £25.

Discount is available for students who have already paid for the essential navigation module at TST

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Equipment needed:

The course pack includes the training charts, almanac and the assessment pack. You will also need chart plotting instruments which are available for you to buy at the start of the course.

Some syllabus headings:

Seamanship: nautical terms, ropework, anchoring, safety at sea, Mayday calling, preventing collisions at sea, avoiding pollution.

Meteorology: shipping forecast terms, sources of information, basic knowledge of pressure systems, using meteorology in passage planning.

Navigation: chart work, including use of electronic charts, GPS, position fixing, tides, aids to navigation, pilotage, passage planning.

What do students say about this course?

“Really impressed, all our homework was marked and feedback given, … well explained and plenty of opportunity to recap if needed” – Victoria

“Very enjoyable course over the winter months, would and will recommend to others” – Stephen

“Really enjoyed the course, pace was just right, teaching excellent and tutor very knowledgeable” – Ken

“Great course, thoroughly enjoyed it” – Des

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