What is taught during the course?

  • Preparing the yacht for sea - including checking the boat, crew and making sure there is enough food and water on board
  • Skippering ability - can manage the crew on board
  • Seamanship - can reef, shake out reefs and change sails
  • Anchoring - including preparation and calculating tidal heights (seeing if there is enough water under the keel at low water
  • Mooring - which warps to use, springing off, parking stern to and along side
  • Mooring buoys - the best approach angle (Andy's magic 60 degrees)
  • Passage planning - putting your CTS (course to steer) into practise
  • Navigation - building on your theory knowledge and using to: take fixes, do an EP (estimating position), keeping up a log
  • Electronics - using a GPS / chart plotter, depth sounder, VHF radio, RADAR etc
  • Meteorology - where to get a weather forecast and reading a synoptic chart
  • IRPCS (International Rules for Prevention of Collisions at Sea) - lights, shapes, sound signals and rules of the road
  • Maintenance - how to look after your boat
  • Diesel Engines - including a session on our engine in our classroom so you really do know how to beeld and engine an change an impellor
  • Heavy weather sailing - what to do if it gets very windy
  • Man-over-board and other emergencies
  • Yacht handling under sail - steer and trim on all points of sail, knowing about poling out the genoa

Further details of the course can be found on our Day Skipper course syllabus page