RYA Day Skipper - Practical
RYA Day Skipper Practical Course - Tidal
The RYA Day Skipper practical course, is your introduction to skippering a yacht. We know that the first time you charter a yacht or set off on your own boat, it can be a nerve racking experience! During the course we teach you the basic practical skippering techniques to enable you to feel confident, the first time you set sail as the Skipper. You will need some sailing experience and a basic knowledge of theory and navigation up to RYA Day Skipper shore based level. Completion of a RYA Day Skipper shore based course beforehand will greatly enhance the value of the Day Skipper practical course, although it is possible to study the syllabus at home if you wish.
The RYA Day Skipper practical course can be taken as a straight five day course, over weekends or it can be combined with the shore based course and completed in 9 days. During the course each person is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short coastal passages. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as a Day Skipper are taken in safety. You will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as pilotage, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.
As a Skipper, you are responsible for the management of a yacht and for the safety of those on board who sail with you. Therefore the course also includes meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. Although you will qualify to sail in day light hours, night sailing is also undertaken to give you a taste of pilotage in the dark. By the end of this course the successful RYA Day Skipper will be able to undertake short coastal passages by day, in both tidal and non-tidal waters. Successful completion of this course means that you will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificate and can charter one of our yachts.
Holders of the Day Skipper practical certificate can gain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) without any further training or assessment.
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The minimum pre course experience for this course is 5 days, 100 nautical miles and 4 night hours on board a cruising yacht. We would recommend that most students have more experience than this prior to attending this course. Along side command skills, those considering the Day Skipper practical course should have a sound knowledge of the Competent Crew syllabus and be confident with helming and basic sail trim on all points of sail. Day Skipper Course participants should be able to take charge when tacking or gybing and should be able to recognise when close to a gybe situation to avoid any accidental gybes. Students should know the correct order for putting in and taking out reefs, be able to use winches and jammers safely and know how to secure the yacht along side.
Assumed theoretical knowledge: Day Skipper shore based course completion certificate or the equivalent knowledge of someone who has attended the course
Minimum age: 16
Teaching ratio on board 5:1
Not included in the course fee: Although accommodation is provided onboard, the mooring fees are split between the students. Wet weather jackets & salopettes are available to hire for £7.50 per day. A selection of accompanying course books & logbooks are available to purchase.
Students should allow for one evening meal ashore on a five day course. All other catering including three evening meals are provided onboard.