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.
A night school class on Wednesday evening each week (1915 hours to 2145 hours) for 24 weeks during the winter months, making a total of 60 hours of classes. However, you will need to do some homework as well!
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’.
In addition to the course fee an additional amount is payable for RYA training charts and for the course assessment pack. You will also need chart plotting instruments and a Training Almanac which will be 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 of 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