RYA Day Skipper Motorboat Cruising Practical Course

RYA Day Skipper Motorboat Cruising Practical Course


The aim of the RYA Day Skipper Motorboat Cruising & Power practical course is to teach pilotage, navigation, seamanship and large boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a motor cruiser safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.


The course runs for 4 days in Fowey and costs £799.


We would advise students to have a good deal boating experience in order to gain the most from the course. A minimum of a powerboat level 2 certificate is essential and also completing the RYA Helmsman course is advised. The Day Skipper Theory course is recommended as your navigation and seamanship should be at RYA Day Skipper Theory standard. This is for the students benefit as motor cruising courses are not cheap due to the size of boats we have to use, this preparation will maximise your learning experience.


Pre-Course Requirements


All students booking a RYA day skipper power practical course should have a minimum of either a RYA powerboat level 2 or RYA motorboat helmsman qualification, it is recommended that you have good experience on smaller powerboats prior to taking the course. You should also have theory knowledge to the level of RYA day skipper theory.



RYA Day Skipper Practical (Tidal) Syllabus Summary


  • Preparing the boat for sea.
  • Handling the boat including turning in a confined space, coming alongside and mooring to a buoy.
  • Navigation including plotting visual fixes, use of waypoints, tidal heights and streams, course to steer, buoyage and electronic aids.
  • Pilotage for leaving and arriving at ports, harbours and marinas etc.
  • Passage planning taking into account the limitations of the crew and boat, tides and weather.
  • Understanding weather forecasts and charts.
  • Rules of the road for preventing collisions at sea.
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical (Tidal) Syllabus Detailed


The Day Skipper course aims to teach pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a motor cruiser safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar. Students should have a knowledge of Day Skipper Theory.

The minimum age for the award of a certificate is 16 years old.

  • Preparation for Sea
  • Is able to prepare a motor cruiser for sea
  • Carry out fuel & engine checks
  • Secure and stow all gear on deck and below.
  • Boat Handling
  • Can carry out the following manoeuvres under power in various wind and tide conditions. Has understanding of the different styles of hull and propulsion systems.
  • Steering a straight course
  • Turning in a confined space
  • Anchoring at a pre-determined position
  • Berthing alongside
  • Leaving an alongside berth
  • Picking up a mooring buoy
  • Correct use of power trim and tabs
  • Awareness of other water users
  • Navigation
  • Is proficient in chart work and can carry out the following tasks:
  • Taking and plotting visual fixes
  • Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
  • Use of waypoints
  • Working up DR and EP
  • Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
  • Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream and leeway
  • Knowledge of IALA buoyage
  • Maintenance of navigational records
  • Use of echo sounder
  • Pilotage
  • Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
  • Understands the use of leading and clearing lines
  • Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage
  • Passage Making
  • Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking into account the relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat, weather, tide and the strength of the crew
  • Has been introduced to practical benefits and limitations of GPS
  • Meteorology
  • Knows sources of forecast information
  • Can interpret shipping forecasts and use of a barometer as a forecasting aid
  • Rules of the Road
  • Has a working knowledge of the application of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Engines
  • Has a working knowledge of the prevention of common engine faults and is competent in the following areas:
  • Checks before starting, whilst running and after stopping
  • Periodic maintenance checks on engines and electrical installations
  • Requirements for tool kits, spares and lubricants
  • Can clean water filters and knows location of impellers
  • Knows location of filters and bleed points for fuel
  • Knows tensions of drive belts and how to change
  • Fuel consumption at various speeds and the effect of fouling
  • Emergency Situations
  • Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
  • Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
  • Understands how to secure a tow
  • Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
  • Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
  • Night Cruising
  • Has experienced motor cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour, and
  • understands the special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.











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