RYA Day Skipper
What is special about this course?
A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.
There are no formal entry requirements. Candidates should be confident at working out simple mathematical problems. You will be required to provide your own set of navigation instruments - plotter, compasses etc.
Course topics include:
- the basics of seamanship
- the essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
- electronic charts
- position fixing
- plotting a course to steer
- weather forecasting and meteorology
- collision regulations
- construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
- emergency and safety procedures including distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and life rafts
How will I study my course?
- Short course
How long will my course last?
The course is taught over 40 hours in a week with two exam papers.
Where can I study my course?
This course can be scheduled as required. Contact your college centre for information and to register your interest.
A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.
This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.
You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.
Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.
What can I do on completion of my course?
This is a valuable certificate to have for maritime employment.
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
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