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RYA Day Skipper


This is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers.

This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

The course is taught over 40 hours with two exam papers. It is usually covered over 6 days well spaced to allow time for homework.  These are timed to suit both students and instructor.  If the class struggles with any element we will include an additional session (may not be a full day) to ensure students do not sit the exams before they are ready.

    Course topics include:

    The basics of seamanship
    The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
    Electronic charts
    Position fixing
    Plotting a course to steer
    Weather forecasting and meteorology
    Tides: tidal streams and tidal heights
    Prevention of collision regulations
    Construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
    Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

Costs:  As these courses are run for the club we are able to keep costs to a minimum.  Students will need a Breton plotter or similar and a set of dividers but we can order these for you.  Notebooks and 2B grade pencils you provide yourself.  At the moment the cost for Day Skipper is 200 (which includes  the RYA pack of 2 practice charts, a course handbook, exercises and syllabus a practice almanac and the recently revised electronic chart plotter CD).  However, Reading Offshore Sailing Club members only pay 150.  If an extra day is needed – and we try to avoid this – there is no further charge.

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