RYA Day Skipper eLearning Theory
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RYA - Day Skipper eLearning Theory Course: Covering all that you need to know for safe cruising.
The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a prelude to the practical Day Skipper Course and equips the aspiring skipper with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day.
This course is for those who want to develop the skills to mange and be in charge of a small craft in daytime in familiar waters and covers the theory requirements for an ICC (International Certificate of Competence) and more.
Some practical experience is desirable although not essential.
Student Instructor Ratio
You will be assigned a dedicated RYA Yachtmaster Instructor to answer your questions.
Study time required about 50 hours, plus two exams
Coastal navigation and pilotage
Plotting a course to steer
Weather forecasting and meteorology
Ability after Course
This course equips you with enough knowledge to understand how to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. Successfully gaining your certificate will enable you to confidently progress with your Day Skipper practical course.
Syllabus RYA Day Skipper eLearning Course: A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn to start making decisions onboard.
1. Nautical terms
- Parts of a boat and hull
- General nautical terminology
- Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
- Characteristics of different types of anchor
- Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
- Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use (see RYA Boat Safety Handbook, C8)
- Fire precautions and fire fighting
- Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejacketsd.
- Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephonee.
- Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
5. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
- Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)
- General rules (all other rules)
6. Definition of position, course and speed
- Latitude and longitude
- Knowledge of standard navigational terms
- True bearings and courses
- The knot
7. Navigational charts and publications
- Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
- Navigational publications in common use
- Chart correction
8. Navigational drawing instruments
- Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
- Application of variation
- Awareness of deviation and its causes
- Use of hand-bearing compass
- 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
11. Tides and tidal streams
- 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
12. Visual aids to navigation
- Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics
- Sources of broadcast meteorological information
- Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft
- Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts
14. Passage planning
- Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passagesb. Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
- Use of waypoints on passaged. Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
- Keeping a navigational
15. Navigation in restricted visibility
- Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog
- Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines
- IALA system of buoyage for Region A
- Use of sailing directions
- Pilotage plans and harbour entry
17. Marine environment
- Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment
Our RYA Shorebased training centre partner Swiss Maritime Academy is based in Switzerland and acts as an agent. The eLearning courses are conducted by the RYA Training Center Splash Seaschool. Your details are forwarded to Splash Seaschool for further booking formalities.
RYA Day Skipper
RYA Day Skipper is a demanding course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.
This is a hands-on course that is highly recommended for anyone who regularly sails on board a yacht. It’s designed to improve skills and build knowledge of all aspects of life at sea whilst skippering a sailing yacht during short passages.
RYA Coastal Skipper
Advanced skippering techniques for yachtsmen and women with considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night.
RYA Coastal Skipper is the ideal qualification to follow RYA Day Skipper. It may also form a bridge to a MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ examination. It’s designed to give an experienced skipper the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which may involve sailing at night or involve watch-keeping systems.