Day Skipper Theory and Practical Course
Teenagers - RYA Day Skipper Shorebased and Practical Course
This 9 day RYA Day Skipper theory and practical course is aimed at teenagers who are 16 and over. It is ideal for those who have already completed Competent Crew or have equivilent experience. This course runs from a Saturday through to the following Sunday. The first 4 non residential days are spent in the classroom where you will concentrate on learning the RYA Day Skipper shore based syllabus. This is immediately followed by a 5 day practical sea phase.
During the sea phase you will put into practice all that theory you have learned in the classroom. Each student is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short inshore or coastal passages. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety. There will be plenty of opportunity to practice boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.
A skipper is totally responsible for the management of a yacht, so the course also includes meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. 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 can apply for the International Certificate of Competence and charter a yacht on holiday.
Minimum pre course experience;
5 Days Sailing
4 Night hours