DAY SKIPPER PRACTICAL


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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.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't.

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COURSE CONTENT

Theory & Practical

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.

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.

NAVIGATION

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 DR and EP.
- Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams.
- Working out courses 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.

PILOTAGE

Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry intro, or departure from, harbour. 
Understands the use of leading and clearing lines.
Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage.

METEOROLOGY

Knows sources of forecast information.
Can interpret shipping forecast and use a barometer as a forecasting aid.

RULE OF THE ROAD

Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORK

Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks.
Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes.

ENGINES

Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system.

VICTUALLING

Understands how to victual a yacht.

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 procedures including helicopter rescue.

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.

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.

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.

SEASICKNESS

Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness.

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.

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