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This course covers Seamanship, Basic Navigation and Pilotage, Safety procedures and Collision regulations. Some previous experience afloat is beneficial since it helps you to relate the theoretical subjects to reality. It requires approximately five days teaching plus time for coursework and exams. The RYA Day Skipper theory course introduces the wide range of subjects needed to skipper a small yacht. They include: The parts and equipment of a yacht. Emergency and safety equipment and procedures (distress calls, flares, helicopter rescue, safety harnesses, life jackets and life rafts). The basics of coastal navigation and pilotage including chart work, position fixing, plotting a course to steer and tidal heights and streams. Key parts of the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea. Weather forecasting including a basic understanding of the causes of the weather, pressure systems and how to interpret weather information. During the course you will work though 12 coursework exercises. There are two exams; one on navigation and the other covering, seamanship, meteorology and the collision regulations. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate. Our cost includes all handouts, marking and student support by phone and email. See our Terms and conditions and course price pages for more information.

RYA Day Skipper

Devon School of Navigation