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RYA Day Skipper Theory

RYA Day Skipper Theory

Classroom Based:

The RYA Day Skipper theory course is a prelude to the practical RYA Day Skipper Course and equips the aspiring skipper with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. This theory course also recommended for students following the RYA Powerboat scheme and should be taken leading unto an RYA Intermediate Powerboat course.

In the Day Skipper theory course students are taught the basics of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage including chartwork, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, a knowledge of tides and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea. The first time you safely navigate to a new destination will give you an immense feeling of satisfaction. As well as navigation the RYA Day Skipper theory course will give students an understanding of different boat types and the equipment they carry as well as safety procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and liferafts.

At Mendez Marine we have small class numbers so that students get the optimum input from the Instructor to ensure that they have full grasp of the knowledge by the end of the course.  Our courses are run with a minimum of 2 students and a maximum of 6 .

Pre-course experience Some practical experience is desirable
Assumed knowledge None but RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship (Online Theory Course) useful.
Minimum duration 40 hours – usually 5 days or 2.5 Weekends
Minimum age 16 years
Student : Instructor Ratio Maximum 12:1
Course content A comprehensive introduction to seamanship, basic navigation, pilotage, safety procedures and Collision Regulations for use in local waters. 
Recommended Resources G158 RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook, G6 Navigation Handbook, G7 Navigation Exercises, G2 IRPCS, NP5011 Symbols and Abbreviations, G133 Weather Handbook, G69 Passage Planning.
Resources available Portland Course Plotter and Divider Kit, Training almanac and Charts, access to recommended books, exercises and exam papers
Ability after the course Theoretical knowledge of basic seamanship, navigation and meteorology.

Click here to view the full Syllabus.

Itinerary: 0900 until approximately 1700 each day.

What’s Included: All course materials including RYA Day Skipper theory course notes book DSN05. Morning and afternoon tea. For details of local accommodation establishments please click here.

Supporting Books: Please click here to view books for sale.

Course Dates: Please note that if the dates listed are not suitable for you or you wish to have a course run at a location of your choice we are happy to arrange bespoke courses. Please call us if you would like more information about these options.

Location: Courses are run in our classroom which is at Deacons Marina, Bridge Road, Bursledon SO31 8AZ.
Occasionally we join with another local school and run at their location at Aboard Boat Coaching, Universal Marina, Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green (approximately 5 minute drive away)

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