Day Skipper Theory: Course content

What’s covered in my RYA Day Skipper Theory course?

The contents of the RYA Day Skipper Theory course are listed in the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Log Book (G158)

The course can be taken either in our classroom or on-line. Upon successful completion you will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate and be ready to move on to the RYA Day Skipper Practical course.

The contents of the course includes:

Nautical termsSea Terms and Parts of a Boat, her Rigging and Sails

Working knowledge of:

  • Parts of a boat and hull
  • General nautical terminology

Ropework

Working knowledge of:

  • The properties of synthetic ropes in common use

Anchorwork

Working knowledge of:

  • Characteristics of different types of anchor
  • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring

Safety

Working knowledge of:

  • The safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use (See RYA Boat Safety Handbook, C103)
  • Fire precautions and fire fighting
  • Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets
  • Ability to send a distress signal by DSC and VHF voice
  • Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue

International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Full knowledge of:

  • Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)

Working knowledge of:

  • General rules (all other rules)

Definition of position, course and speed

Working knowledge of:

  • Latitude and longitude
  • Standard navigational terms
  • True bearings and courses

Outline knowledge of:

  • The knot

Navigational charts and publications

Working knowledge of:

  • Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance

Outline knowledge of:

  • Navigational publications in common use
  • Chart correction

Navigational drawing instruments

Working knowledge of:

  • Use of parallel rulers, dividers, and proprietary plotting instruments

Compass

Working knowledge of:

  • Application of variation
  • Use of hand-bearing compass

Outline knowledge of:

  • Deviation and its causes

Chartwork

Full knowledge of:

  • Use of waypoints to fix position

Working knowledge of:

  • Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
  • Techniques of visual fixing
  • Satellite-derived positions
  • Use of waypoints to fix position
  • Course to steer

Tides and tidal streams

Working knowledge of:

  • Tidal definitions, levels and datum
  • Tide tables
  • Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
  • Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork

Visual aids to navigation

Working knowledge of:

  • Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics

Meteorology

Working knowledge of:

  • Sources of broadcast meteorological information
  • Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft

Outline knowledge of:

  • Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts

Passage planning

Full knowledge of:

  • Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
  • Keeping a navigational record

Working knowledge of:

  • Use of waypoints on passage

Outline knowledge of:

  • Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
  • Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages

Navigation in restricted visibility

Working knowledge of:

  • Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog

Pilotage

Working knowledge of:

  • Use of transits, leading lines and clearing bearings
  • IALA system of buoyage for Region A
  • Use of sailing directions
  • Pilotage plans and harbour entry

Marine Environment

Working knowledge of

  • Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment

Other RYA courses

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Details of further RYA courses

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