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Course provided by Pacific Sailing School
Located at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
Student Instructor ratio: 1 to 8 

Course Duration: Full or part time
Course certificate and materials included

Course Pack Express posted on booking

RYA Syllabus

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Course

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Course

The RYA Day Skipper course is a comprehensive introduction to chart-work, navigation, meteorology, and the basics of seamanship. Invaluable for learning how to start making decisions on board and if you are considering taking the Day Skipper practical course

Students are taught the basics of coastal and inshore navigation and pilotage including chart-work, 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 will be able to safely navigate to a new destination.

As well as navigation the RYA Day Skipper shore-based course will give you an understanding of safety procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, life jackets and life-rafts.

SPECIAL OFFER 

BOOK THE RYA DAY SKIPPER OR RYA COASTAL SKIPPER / YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE VIRTUAL OR eLearning AND VIRTUAL THEORY COURSE AND THE 5 DAY PRACTICAL AT THE SAME TIME – RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT ON THE THEORY AND A 5% DISCOUNT ON THE PRACTICAL! 

  1. E-LEARNING AND VIRTUAL THEORY COURSE:

The blended e-learning and virtual course includes 16 modules and is blended with four – three-hour virtual sessions.

Revisit exercises at any time, ask questions, your eLearning instructor can help ensure you are using these skills whenever you are skippering and passage planning for your next adventures.  The online course can be completed at your own pace and revisited to refresh at any time in the future.

During the virtual sessions, the more challenging topics are taught to increase your knowledge in advance of completing the e-learning questions. This can enable a deeper understanding and help to reduce the time to complete the exercises. In addition, the instructor adds to the course with real life examples of the subjects covered.

This unique RYA Day Skipper course is accessible from anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. The virtual training sessions are run from 1800 to 2100 (Sydney time) midweek evenings this is the course for you. The course is first class and delivered by our expert RYA Yachtmaster Instructors

Session 1 – Virtual Training

This builds on the skills in the first 6 units of the e-learning RYA Day Skipper course. The session will focus on:

  • The practical side of anchoring well and how this works best on different vessels. Understanding how you can use technology to research and choose anchorages and to monitor positions with anchor alarms etc.
  • The safety equipment that is carried on different boats, what you might find on a training vessel, charter vessel, private yacht, new boat post hand over etc.
  • Collision avoidance. Particularly planning for returning home in the dark and how your route planning can become part of your decision making to avoid collisions as well the practical act of stopping/turning etc.
  • Extensive question and answer session with your instructor

Session 2 – Virtual Training

This builds on the skills with the navigation units of the e-learning course. The session will focus on:

  • Select which charts to carry, electronic, paper, the number of paper charts, local pilotage books etc. We will use the context of planning a trip to Port Stephens from Sydney on a privately owned boat.
  • Practical understanding of variation and deviation, checking the different compasses on your boat, knowing which one to use if you have different readings on different compasses.
  • Exploring when you would use a Course to Steer and when you use an Estimated position. This is a great opportunity to draw on your instructor’s experience and prepare for using these skills on the water.
  • Using the local tidal information that is available on charts of the Whitsundays, Sydney Harbour, Port Stephens and how this differs from East Australian Current information.
  • Worked examples of the trickiest tide questions in the e-learning course so you can interact with your instructor as they go through the demonstrations.

 Session 3 – Virtual Training

This last session takes the building blocks you have learnt through the course and shows you how to use these skills to make the most of your weather forecasting to plan and implement successful passages.

The session will focus on:

  • Interpreting the current weather forecast, understanding the tools available to analyse how accurate this will be, which models are giving the most accurate predictions at this time. Based on the current conditions on the day, how this would be used to plan a trip from Sydney to Port Stephens leaving this coming Friday and returning on Sunday, or when it is next safe to do so.

Session 4 – Virtual Review Session

  • Planning the trip, looking at the pilotage considerations, the bigger picture logistical issues for a private vessel, crew, watches, log keeping, seasickness, food, logging on and off with Marine Rescue etc.
  • Review and practice

Price: $1395

Included

  • Enrolment in our partner, Above & Beyond Boating RYA Day Skipper e-learning course and Pacific Sailing School Virtual course.
  • Express posted training materials that include – RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Notes, RYA Training Almanac and RYA Chart 3 and 4.
  • Navigator’s tools – 2b Pencil, eraser, plotter, dividers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. VIRTUAL ONLY COURSE 

Smash it out over just two weekends (Dates TBA) – we cover all 16 modules or the RYA Day Skipper Theory course over the two weekends with an exam midweek on completion.

Recommended Previous Experience:

  • Some practical experience is desirable

Assumed knowledge:

  • Essential Navigation and Seamanship

Ability after course:

  • Sufficient knowledge to navigate around familiar waters
  • It is important to complete the theory before the Day Skipper Practical

Course Synopsis

Basic seamanship and introduction to navigation and meteorology. Basic knowledge of lights, weather and IRPCS is also included

Included

  • Enrolment Pacific Sailing School Virtual course.
  • Express posted training materials that include – RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Notes, RYA Training Almanac and RYA Chart 3 and 4.
  • Navigator’s tools – 2b Pencil, eraser, plotter, dividers

 

 

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