Training Courses

The Combined Day Skipper Theory and Practical (sail and/or motor cruising) course.

This is temporary text for the Combined Theory and Practical course!

The RYA have developed this course for aspiring skippers with some prior yachting experience and reasonable navigation skills. It is recommended that candidates have completed the RYA Day Skipper theory course before attempting the practical. Also a minimum of 5 days sailing with 100 logged miles including 4 night hours are suggested.

students study maps and navigation inside the training centre

Temp course content includes:-

  • Preparation for sea, deck work inc shaking out and reefing sails. Victualling.
  • Anchoring, mooring, berthing.
  • Navigating:- taking and plotting fixes, use of electronic aids, waypoints, Dead reckoning and estimated positions. Tidal height and rates. Course to steer.
  • Bouyage. Rule of the Road/Col Regs.
  • Pilotage planning, entry in and out of harbour, transits, leading lines etc.
  • Meterology-sources of forecast, their interpretation, use of barometer.
  • Maintenance and repair at sea. Impeller renewal.
  • Knowledge of rope types.
  • MOB procedure, emergency procedures:- flares, VHF use, helicopter rescue etc.
  • Handling a yacht under power and sailing all points of sail.
  • Passage making and night cruising.