Day Skipper

The Day Skipper Course teaches you the skills needed to safely skipper a yacht in waters by day. Whilst it is a reasonably intense course, there is still time to stop at a different port each night and enjoy the Ionian islands. You will have plenty of time at the helm and without tides to worry about, your learning can really focus on everything else – in particular the boat handling and sail trim. The course lasts for 5.5 days, including at least one night passage of 4+ hours. The sixth day gives you the opportunity to take the boat without the instructor, as long as you have passed your course.


How you can take the course.

Individual

Join a yacht with other people. We like to teach a maximum of 4 people at a time. We feel it gives you that extra attention and time from the instructor and also space on board the yacht. The course lasts for 5.5 days with successful Day Skippers having the opportunity to skipper the yacht themselves for the remainder of the week with the group, or alternatively practice with the instructor for that extra confidence.

PRICES: FROM £660 PER PERSON, TO BOOK PLEASE GET IN TOUCH

Note: Cabin accommodation may be shared and saloon berths may be used

Private

Charter a yacht for 7 days with partners, friends or family (Suggested Maximum 4 people). Training this way as a familiar small group gives more personalised tuition, more time in charge of the yacht and additional spaces and comfort. Successful Day Skippers will have the opportunity to skipper the yacht themselves with their family and friends and get an idea of what a yacht holiday as a qualified skipper would be like.

Prices: See our Reservation page

Note: Skipper will require a cabin

What you will learn

  • Boat Preparation
  • Boat handling in non-tidal waters to a very high standard,
  • Basic pilotage, seamanship and navigation,
  • Safety
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology

What your course includes

  • 7 days sailing
  • Log books
  • Course materials
  • Mooring fees
  • Certification
  • Fully equipped training yacht
  • Fuel
  • Patient and experienced instructor

Syllabus

Preparation for Sea

Knowledge of

  • Basic stability and buoyancy for small vessels

Can

  • Prepare a cruising vessel for sea, including engine checks, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below
  • Selection of sails
Deck Work

Can

  • Prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth
  • Reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions
Navigation

Knowledge of

  • The use and limitations of AIS

Understands

  • Working up Dead Reckoning (DR) and Estimated Position (EP)
  • Use of a lead line, or similar

Can

  • Take and plot visual fixtures
  • Use electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
  • Use secondary means of position fixing
  • Use waypoints and routes
  • Use knowledge of IALA buoyage
  • Maintain navigational records
  • Use an echo sounder
Pilotage

Can

  • Prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
  • Use leading and clearing lines
  • Use transits and soundings as aids to pilotage
Meteorology

Understands

  • How to interpret shipping forecasts and use barometer as a forecasting aid

Can

  • Source forecast information
Rules of the Road

Can

  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Maintenance and Repair Work

Knowledge of

  • The properties and uses of common synthetic-fibre ropes

Understands

  • Maintenance tasks and is able to carry them out
Engines

Understands

  • The need for periodic maintenance checks on engines and electrical installations
  • Requirements for tool kits, spares and lubricants
  • The locations of filters and bleed points for fuel
  • The tension of drive belts and how to adjust or replace them

Can

  • Carry out checks before starting, while running and after stopping
  • Clean water filters and knows the location of impellors
  • Estimate fuel consumption at various speeds and knows the effects of fouling
  • Basic troubleshooting
Victualling

Understands

  • How to victual a cruising vessel appropriately for the planned passage
Emergency Situations

Understands

  • How to issue distress signals by all available means, including distress flares and a VHF radio, in an emergency
  • How to use a life raft
  • How to secure a tow
  • Rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
  • The effects of cold-water shock on a casualty in the water
  • The aftercare requirements of a casualty who has been in the water

Can

  • Carry out out correct action as skipper for the recovery of a man overboard
Yacht Handling under Power

Knowledge of

  • Effects of waves on boat handling and crew comfort

Understands

  • Differing styles of hull and propulsion systems
  • How to moor and leave a bow/stern-to mooring (practical experience where possible)

Can

  • Carry out the following manoeuvres under power in various wind and tide conditions:
  • Steer a straight course
  • Turn in a confined space
  • Anchor at a pre-determined position
  • Berth alongside
  • Leave an alongside berth
  • Pick up a mooring buoy
  • Be aware of other water users

 

Yacht Handling under Sail

Understands

  • The characteristics of different types of keel

Can

  • Bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy, and anchor under various conditions of wide and tide
  • Steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing

 

 

 

Passage Planning

Knowledge of

  • Marina Locks

Understands

  • The practical benefits and limitations of a chart plotter or GNSS

Can

  • Plan and make a coastal passage, taking into account relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew
Night Cruising

Knowledge of

  • Has experienced cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour

Understands

  • Special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identify marks

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Course Details

RYA training center

This course is for individuals or families/groups.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum age

16

  • Day Skipper Theory
  • 5 days sea time including 100 miles and 4 night hours. This is commonly achieved by doing a Competent Crew course.

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