Day Skipper (Sailing Yachts)

Day Skipper Course - a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. The syllabus content is below.

Course Duration: 1 month.

Tuition Fee: US$500.

    SYLLABUS

    • 1. Nautical terms
    • Parts of a boat and hull
    • General nautical terminology
    • 2. Ropework
    • Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
    • 3. Anchorwork
    • Characteristics of different types of anchor
    • Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
    • 4. Safety
    • Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage, use
    • Fire precautions and fire fighting
    • Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets
    • Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone
    • Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
    • 5. International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
    • Steering and sailing rules (5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12-19)
    • General rules (all other rules)
    • 6. Definition of position, course and speed
    • Latitude and longitude
    • Knowledge of standard navigational terms
    • True bearings and courses
    • The knot
    • 7. Navigational charts and publications
    • Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
    • Navigational publications in common use
    • Chart correction
    • 8. Navigational drawing instruments
    • Use of parallel rulers, dividers and propriety plotting instruments
    • 9. Compass
    • Application of variation
    • Awareness of deviation and its causes
    • Use of hand-bearing compass
    • 10. Chartwork
    • Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
    • Techniques of visual fixing
    • Satellite-derived positions
    • Use of waypoints to fix position
    • Course to steer
    • 11. Tides and tidal streams
    • Tidal definitions, levels and datum
    • Tide tables
    • Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
    • Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork
    • 12. Visual aids to navigation
    • Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics
    • 13. Meteorology
    • Sources of broadcast meteorological information
    • Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale, and their significance to small craft
    • Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts
    • 14. Passage planning
    • Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
    • Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
    • Use of waypoints on passage
    • Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
    • Keeping a navigational record
    • 15. Navigation in restricted visibility
    • Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by, fog
    • 16. Pilotage
    • Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines
    • IALA system of buoyage for Regions A and B
    • Use of sailing directions
    • Pilotage plans and harbour entry
    • 17. Marine environment
    • Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment