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RHF574 : RYA Day Skipper

7th Oct 2014 to 31st Mar 2015

Location: Ringwood School
Fees: £298.00
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Course description:

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.

Teaching methods:

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.

Course assessment:

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.


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.

Progression opportunities:

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!

Additional information:

What do I need to bring to the course? - For the first class bring some writing materials. You will need to also provide dividers, plotter (or parallel rules), a soft 2B pencil and eraser. 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).

Information, Advice and Guidance:

Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service - Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.
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.

How to enrol

Please call 01425 472224 to enrol

or print and complete an enrolment form then post to:

Adult Learning & Skills Centre - Ringwood
Ringwood School
Parsonage Barn Lane
BH24 1SE

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