One Day Courses
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RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster course, the follow on course from the Day
Skipper, provides a recommended precursor to
the practical RYA course afloat. RYA
shorebased instruction for Day, Coastal Skipper and Ocean Yachtmaster are
offered as either 5 or 6 day intensive
courses: 3 two day or 2 three weekday or
weekends; 5 or 6 single day sessions, 12 four hour sessions or 24
two hourly evenings. These are made up to the requirements of the client.
more thorough and detailed course concentrating on navigation and
meteorology building upon knowledge gained in the Day Skipper course.
It is the ideal course for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore
practical examination candidates. There is some time devoted to revision
of the basic principles at the start of the course, but, this is revision
and anyone who is just starting on navigation is likely to have problems
keeping up. If you are not
sure how to work up an estimated position then perhaps the Day Skipper
course is for you.
more thorough and detailed course"
include RYA material times
and dates to suit your requirements
Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased Syllabus
Dead reckoning and estimated position . Satellite-derived
position . Use
of waypoints to fix position. Radar
fixes. Techniques of visual fixing. Fixes
using a mixture of position lines . Relative
accuracy of different methods of position fixing . Areas of uncertainty.
The magnetic compass.
Allowance for variation .
Change of variation with time and
of deviation . Swing
for deviation (but not correction) .
Allowance for deviation.
Different types of compass. Tides.
Causes of tides -
Springs and Neaps . Tide
tables - sources
. Tidal levels and datum . Standard
and secondary ports . Tidal anomalies (Solent, etc.). 4
Tidal streams. Sources
of tidal information. Tidal stream information in sailing directions and Yachtsmen's Almanacs.
Allowance for tidal streams
in computing a course to steer. Tide rips, overfalls and
observation buoys, beacons etc. Buoyage. IALA
system buoyage in Region A .
Limitations of buoys as navigational aids. Lights.
- visual, luminous and nominal. Rising
and dipping distances. Light
Harbour regulations and control signals. Methods of pre-planning.
Clearing lines. Use
of soundings. Transits and leading
& chart plotters.
Principles of operation
and limitations of use. Raster
and vector charts. Datum.
Importance of confirmation of
position by an independent source and keeping a separate record of
position. Importance of paper charts. Echo
of operation and limitations of use.
Logs (speed and
distance measuring). Principles of operation and
limitations of use. Deck
log. Importance of log
as vessel's official document. Layout
of log, hourly and occasional entries.
Meteorology. Basic terms, the
Beaufort scale. Air
masses. Cloud types.
Weather patterns associated
with pressure and frontal systems.
Sources of weather forecasts.
Ability to interpret a
shipping forecast, weatherfax and weather satellite information. Land and sea breezes.
Use of a barometer as a
forecasting aid. Rule of
the Road. A
sound knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions
at Sea, except Annexes 1 & 3. Safety
at Sea. Personal
safety, use of lifejackets, safety harnesses and lifelines. Fire
prevention and fire fighting Distress signals. Coastguard and Boat Safety
Scheme Preparation for heavy weather. Liferafts and helicopter rescue
Understanding of capabilities of vessel and basic knowledge of stability.
Navigation in restricted visibility.
to be taken in fog. Limitations to safe navigation imposed by fog.
Navigation strategy in poor visibility.
Preparation of charts and notebook for
route planning and making, and use at sea. Customs regulations as
they apply to vessels. Routine
for navigating in coastal waters.
Strategy for course laying.
Use of waypoints and routes.
Use of weather forecast information for passage planning strategy.
Sources of local and
national regulations. Marine
to minimise pollution and protect the marine environment.