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RYA Day Skipper Theory Course
A good skipper always has a plan to carry out their passage safely. The aim of the RYA Day Skipper Theory course is to give the student the skills and knowledge to plan a passage safely by day in tidal waters with which they are familiar. It is a basic 'building block' of theory that gives the student a thorough grounding in maritime knowledge. The syllabus is busy, but at Fowey Maritime Centre, we use a range of training aids to build understanding and to cater for different learning styles.
The course runs for 4 days tuition time in Fowey and costs £320 per student. With a class size of between 4-6 students, there is also likely to be some homework each night, and the course is assessed via two written exams by our qualified and experienced RYA Shorebased Navigation Instructors.
There are no formal pre-requisites, but we do suggest that candidates have some boating behind them to allow them to apply the theory to situations they have experienced.
RYA Day Skipper Theory Syllabus Summary
- Navigation including plotting visual fixes, use of waypoints, tidal heights and streams, course to steer to allow for tidal stream and leeway, IALA buoyage and electronic aids to navigation.
- 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.
- Use of waypoints.
- Working up Dead Reckoning and Estimated Position.
- Maintenance of navigational records.
- Understands the use of leading and clearing lines.
- Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage.
- Has been introduced to the benefits and limitations of Global Navigation Satellite Systems such as GPS, Galileo and GLONASS.
- Knows sources of forecasted weather information, tidal data and other sources of information such as Notices To Mariners.
- Can interpret shipping forecasts and use of a barometer as a forecasting aid.
- Has a working knowledge of the application of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
- Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.
- Understands correct use of emergency signals, grab bags and other Lifesaving Apparatus.
- Understands the special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.