RYA Day Skipper Theory Course - RYA Solent Boat Training Courses

The RYA Day Skipper Theory course is a 5 day course that teaches you both essential seamanship and navigation techniques. In the comfort of our classrooms within Southampton`s Shamrock Quay marina your RYA instructor will guide you through to the final day`s RYA exam. Don`t worry about the exam, your time in our classrooms will have been well spent and you should not find the final grading a problem.

We find the RYA day skipper theory course to be essential before moving on towards either the RYA motor cruising day skipper or sailing day skipper courses

  RYA Day Skipper Shore based Theory Syllabus
A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of 
seamanship for Helmsmen. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to 
start making decisions on board.
  Nautical terms
Parts of a boat and hull
General nautical terminology
  Rope work
Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
  Anchor work
Characteristics of different types of anchor
Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use
Fire precautions and fire fighting
Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets
Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone
Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
  International regulations for preventing collisions at sea
Steering and sailing rules
General rules
Definition of position, course and speed
Latitude and longitude
Knowledge of standard navigational terms
True bearings and courses
The knot
  Navigational charts and publications
Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
Navigational publications in common use
Chart correction
  Navigational drawing instruments
Use of parallel rules, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
Application of variation
Awareness of deviation and its causes
Use of hand-bearing compass
Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
Techniques of visual fixing
Satellite-derived positions
Use of waypoints to fix position
Course to steer
  Tides and tidal streams
Tidal definitions, levels and datum
Tide tables
Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork
  Visual aids to navigation
Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics
Sources of broadcast meteorological information
Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft
Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts
  Passage planning
Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
Use of waypoints on passage
Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
Keeping a navigational record
  Navigation in restricted visibility
Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog
Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines
IALA system of buoyage 
Use of sailing directions
Pilotage plans and harbour entry
  Marine environment
Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment