This is a 5x day Sailing course, with both of the following course levels available:
RYA Competent Crew
This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers.
Experience living on board and really get to know the boat. Virtually all the course is hands on. You are the crew – without you the sails won’t go up and the boat won’t be steered. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, and assist in all the day to day duties on board.
Previous experience: None
Assumed knowledge: None
Content: Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies
Commercial use: None – although many deck crew undertake this course for vessel familiarity and to show a level of knowledge.
RYA Day Skipper Sail
This is a course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.
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.
Previous experience: 5 Days afloat
Assumed knowledge: Navigation to Day Skipper shorebased standard
Content: Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising
Assessment: Continual training and assessment
Commercial use: When commercially endorsed, qualifies holder to skipper a commercial yacht up to 24m in length in Category 6 (3 miles NDP daylight) or 5 (20 miles NDP daylight) waters (Cat 5 when combined with day skipper theory certificate).
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