RYA Day Skipper (Motor)

The Day Skipper Practical is the first skippering course in the RYA motor cruising scheme. At this stage you will be given more responsibilities and practice skills like handling a motor cruiser in confined areas, coming alongside and leaving a berth, pilotage, preparing for sea and decision making. During this course one will learn how to cope with basic navigation issues and work out position and course. The time you will need to spend practicing is going to be long but there will always be time for a swim.

The prerequisites for this course is a basic knowledge of a motor cruiser, deck work, and accomplishing simple tasks like adequately steering a compass course and man over board procedures.

By the end of the course you will possess the skills and confidence to take a motor cruiser out on your own by day and in familiar waters. This will give you the opportunity to gain more experience, reach secluded areas and enjoy idyllic bays with your friends and family.

Pre-course experience: 2 days practical experience on a motor cruiser.
Assumed knowledge: Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper Shore based Course before taking this practical course.
Course content: Preparation for sea, boat handling, navigation, pilotage, passage making, meteorology, rules of the road, engines, emergency situations, night cruising.
Ability after course: Able to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day.
Minimum duration: 4 days

Day Skipper Shore based Theory
A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Helmsmen. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to start making decisions on board.

  • Nautical terms
  • Rope work
  • Anchor work
  • Safety
  • International regulations for preventing collisions at sea
  • Definitions of position, course and speed
  • Navigational charts and publications
  • Navigational drawing instruments
  • Compass
  • Chartwork
  • Visual aids to navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Passage planning
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Marine environment

Minimum 2 participants are required to set a course