RYA Day Skipper
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A shore based introduction to general seamanship, navigation and safety at sea. Subjects covered include compass work, reading, using and understanding charts, normal paper charts and electric plotters (simple usage of PC computers).
You will learn to use tides, plot positions and make safe short inter-port trips. The Collision Avoidance Regulations, meteorology, anchoring, mooring, buoyage, lifesaving and fire fighting will also become common knowledge, turning the novice into a knowledgeable and qualified yachtsman. Alan Bridger is your tutor a master mariner class 1. He is a retired deep sea captain, a dedicated yachtsman and RYA instructor. For years he has delighted students with his anecdotes and sense of humour and his knowledge is passed on in his easy manner, making learning great fun.
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For those with little or no knowledge of boats or their operation. A course to turn complete novices into safe proficient skippers of sail or power boats. This theoretical course, which is part of RYA National Cruising Scheme, is held during off season times to qualify you for voyaging. A Day Skipper practical course could follow under seagoing conditions, allowing you to apply for an International Certificate of Competency (I.C.C.) N.B. Competent crew is not as advanced as Day Skipper.
This, if you wish, could then prove an excellent introduction to a Yachtmaster Course, progressing to Ocean Going Yachtmaster if required, making the world your oyster! You will be required to devote 3-4 hours a week at home for private study as homework is usually set every week. Regular assessments enable you and your tutor to monitor your progress. An invigilated test at the end of the course leads to the official RYA Day Skipper Certificate of Competency being awarded.
You will need to bring the following items to the course:
Writing Materials (for the first class)
Plotter (or parallel rules)
Other information books (such as Rules of the Road for Yachts) could assist but most equipment purchased will be of future use. (Available from most yacht chandlers or by mail order).
Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.