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Day Skipper Shore Based

The Day Skipper course is intended to equip the sailor with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day and a basic knowledge of lights is also included - in case you arrive back in darkness.

This course is invaluable for those who want to learn how to start making decisions on board, especially those beginners and crew who would like to become more actively involved in navigation. It is a comprehensive introduction to sailing for would-be skippers.

The course covers the basics of coastal navigation and pilotage covering chart-work, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting and meteorology, knowledge of tides and the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea. Other topics covered include the construction, parts and equipment of a yacht, safety procedures (emergency and safety equipment and procedures such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and life rafts) and the basics of seamanship. The course covers 40 hours and is assessed by 2 exam papers.

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shore Based

An advanced course building on the Day Skipper syllabus for more experienced skippers, which takes them up to the theory knowledge required for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster practical Examinations, specifically concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorological skills.

The aim of the course is to equip the skipper to be able to navigate safely coastal and offshore passages. The course devotes some revision time to the basics but covers advanced navigation techniques including: position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge and use of almanacs, admiralty publications and electronic position finding equipment. The advanced meteorology tuition includes the taking and interpretations of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction using barometer and by observation. Students are shown how to use this information when planning and executing passage plans. The course also covers customs and excise regulations for going to and returning from abroad. The International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea are also dealt with in great detail.

The course covers 40 hours and is assessed by 3 exam papers.

To book a course (min 6 people) please contact us.