This RYA course gives you all the theory you’ll need to sail a small yacht by day in both tidal and non-tidal waters. From 2017 there will be no difference in the certificate obtained in non-tidal waters such as the Mediterranean. Your RYA certificate will be valid world-wide and so it is essential that you adequately cover tidal theory.
If you’re looking for an online way to study theory, we recommend the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course provided by Navathome, a RYA centre who specialise in online and distance learning. You can either book directly with Navathome or, if you would prefer to make a single payment for your courses, we can include the Navathome course in your booking with us and enrol you in their course on your behalf. Your contract for the online course will be with Navathome, not us. You can see their Terms & Conditions here.
Navathome will send your course pack and navigation instruments and will be responsible for delivering the course and giving support.
Please note that this is a 40-hour course. Before enrolling in the course please ensure you will have the time and discipline to complete it.
If you have already completed an Essential Navigation and Seamanship course, Navathome also offer a course for you to upgrade your knowledge to RYA Day Skipper Shorebased level, but you need to book this directly with them.
What You’ll Learn
- Seamanship:– includes parts of the boat, types of warp, knots, chain, anchoring, tying up, preparation for sea and port or starboard tack.
- Introduction to chart work:– chart Familiarisation, points of the compass, latitude and longitude, position of an object, using a Portland type plotter, finding position on a chart.
- Tidal heights and streams:– what causes tides, terminology, tidal height calculations, using tide tables, using the tidal curve, introduction to secondary ports, tidal streams using tidal diamonds and the tidal stream atlas.
- Position fixing:– compass variation, compass deviation, position fixing using various methods, dead reckoning and estimated position.
- Course to steer:– How to plot a course to steer taking into account tidal flow and leeway, how to maintain an accurate ground track.
- GPS:– Abbreviations and terminology, how to use a GPS, raster and vector charts and updating charts.
- Buoyage and pilotage:– Available information, identification of buoys and their lights and shapes, using forward and back bearings, using tidal graphs.
- Safety:– Safety briefs, mayday and rescue, life jackets, abandon ship, actions in fog and radar reflectors.
- Meteorology:– Weather forecasts, weather systems, global effects, local effects, highs and lows and sources of weather information.
- Passage planning:– Puts everything together to form a plan for a safe passage taking into account pilotage for entering and leaving marinas and tides, conditions and wind direction for the main passage.
- Collision regulations:– General regulations, lights, shapes, sound signals, collision avoidance, stand on and give way.
- Passage making:– Making a longer passage taking into account tidal heights, streams, port entry and exit, weather, ports of refuge, waypoints, crew management and supplies.
What It Costs
The price includes a course pack, navigation instruments, charts – everything but a pencil! You’ll get an RYA Shorebased certificate upon successful completion of the course. The online course costs 285 GBP (320 EUR if you book through us at the same time as a practical course) There is also a discount available if more than one person books the course at the same time.