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RYA Day Skipper Syllabus

1. Preparation for Sea

• Knowledge of Basic stability and buoyancy for small vessels.

• Can prepare a cruising vessel for sea, including engine checks, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below

Selection of sails.

2. Deck Work

• 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 an alongside berth.

In addition for Sail

• Reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions.

3. Navigation - Is proficient in chart work and routine navigational duties on passage including:

• The uses and limitations of AIS

• Working up Dead Reckoning (DR) and Estimated Position (EP)

• Use of a lead line or similar

• How to work out a course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift

• Taking and plotting visual fixes

• Use electronic navigation equipment for position fixing

• Use secondary means of position fixing

• Estimate tidal streams and tidal heights

• Use of waypoints and routes

• Use knowledge of IALA Buoyage

• Maintain navigational records

• Use an echo sounder

4. Pilotage - Can

• Prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour

• Use leading and clearing lines

• Use transits and soundings as aids to pilotage

5. Meteorology - Understands

• How to interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid

• can - Source forecast information

6. Rule of the Road - Can

• Demonstrate suitable awareness of other water users both at sea and in close-quarter manoeuvring

• Demonstrate a practical understanding of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

7. Maintenance and Repair Work - Knowledge of / understands

• The properties and uses of common synthetic fiber ropes

• Maintenance tasks and is able to carry them out

8. Engines - Has a working knowledge of the prevention of common engine faults and is competent in the following areas: and understands

• The need for periodic maintenance checks on engines and electrical installations

• Requirements for tool kits, spares and lubricants

• The location of filters and bleed points for fuel

• The tension of drive belts and how to adjust or replace them and can

• Carry out checks before starting, while running and after stopping

• Clean water filters and knows the location of impellors

• Estimate fuel consumption at various speeds and knows the effects of fouling

• Basic troubleshooting

9. Victualling - Understands

• How to victual a cruising yacht appropriately for the planned passage

10. Emergency situations - Understands

• How to issue distress signals by all available means, including distress flares and a VHF radio in an emergency

• How to use a life raft

• How to secure a tow

• Rescue procedures including helicopter rescue

• The effects of cold water shock on a casualty in the water

• The aftercare requirements of a casualty who has been in the water

• Can - Carry out the correct action as skipper for the recovery of a man overboard

11. Handling under Power - Knowledge of

• Effects of waves on boat handling and crew comfort - Understands

• Differing styles of hull and propulsion systems

• How to moor and leave a bow/stern to mooring (practical experience where possible)

• How to identify and take into account wind and current conditions when planning and executing manoeuvres (practical experience where possible)

Can carry out the following manoeuvres under power :

• Steer a straight course

• Turn in a confined space

• Anchor at a pre-determined position

• Berth alongside

• Leave an alongside berth

• Pick up a mooring buoy

12. Yacht handling under sail - Understands

• The characteristics of different types of keels

• How to identify and take into account wind and current conditions when planning and executing maneuvers and choosing appropriate sail plan (practical experience where possible) - Can

• Bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy

• Anchor

• Steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing

13. Passage making - Knowledge of

• Marina Locks

• Understands

• The practical benefits and limitations of a chart plotter or GNSS - 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

14. Night cruising

• Has experience of sailing at night, including leaving and entering a harbour

• Special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night