Start:Marmaris, Muğla, Turkey
Finish:Marmaris, Muğla, Turkey
Skippering a yacht for the first time can be a daunting yet exhilarating experience. The RYA Day Skipper practical course is designed to teach you to “Take Charge” safely and confidently. A skipper does much more than navigate. They are responsible for the complete safety and wellbeing of the yacht and crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage.
Previous Experience Recommended: 5 days aboard, 100 miles logged and 4 night hours. Basic sailing ability and a knowledge of navigation to the level of the RYA Day Skipper Theory.
Day Skipper Practical Syllabus:
1. Preparation for sea
Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below
2. Deck Work
Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions
Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth
Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including:
Taking and plotting visual fixes
Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
Use of waypoints
Working up to Dead Reckoning and Estimated Position
Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift
Knowledge of IALA buoyage
Maintenance of navigational records
Use of echo sounder and lead line
Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, a harbour
Understands the use of leading and clearing lines
Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage
Knows sources of forecast information
Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid
6. Rule of the road
Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
7. Maintenance and repair work
Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks
Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes
Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system
Understands how to victual a yacht
10. Emergency situations
Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
Understands how to secure a tow
Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
11. Yacht handling under power
Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
12. Passage making
Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew
13. Night cruising
Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour.
Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.
Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
15. Helmsmanship and sailing
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
16. General duties
Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel
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Weekends: 3 weekends starting 18.30 on Friday until approximately 16.00 on Sunday .
Weeks: 17.30 on the first day (Saturday) until approximately 16.00 on the final day (Friday) Students may stay on board until Saturday morning but MUST vacate the boat by no later than 9am .
Netsel Marina, Maramris, Turkey