DAY SKIPPER THEORY


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•   Ideally has their competent crew and dayskipper theory completed. If they have neither then must be experienced and have at least logged 100 nautical sea miles, 4 hours of night sailing and 5 days aboard. 


•   If the dayskipper theory has not been completed may be asked to assess prior level but must be familiar with calculating tidal heights and streams, plotting courses whilst taking into account tidal offset, also plotting position via compass bearing and gps.


•   By the end of this course you are able to skipper a novice crew on a familiar yacht in familiar waters by day only. This includes chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean on your own steam and not requiring to be part of a flotilla or require a chartered skipper onboard.


•   Recommended as a MINIMUM for all private yacht owners.

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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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