Sunsail DS 5 Day
The Sunsail RYA Day Skipper practical course will enable you to skipper a yacht by day in familiar waters. You will gain the qualifications and experience needed to set sail on board your own yacht, on a yacht charter or flotilla holiday to many of our breathtaking worldwide destinations.
Following the five-day Day Skipper practical course you'll have experience of deck work, navigation and passage making, as well as the confidence to skipper under sail and power.
The course will teach you basic practical skippering techniques which will enable you to skipper a yacht on short coastal passages by day, in both tidal and non-tidal waters. As a skipper you'll be responsible for the management of a yacht, and therefore the course includes elements of meteorology, engine checking, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea and rules of the road.
The minimum pre-course experience required is five days sailing and living onboard, 100 miles logged and four hours night sailing. You will also need to have completed your Day Skipper theory course prior to taking your practical, or have knowledge equivalent to this level.
Day Skipper Practical Syllabus
1. Preparation for sea
Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below
2. Deck Work
Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions
Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth
Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including: Taking and plotting visual fixes Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
Use of waypoints
Working up to DR and EP
Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift
Knowledge of IALA buoyage
Maintenance of navigational records
Use of echo sounder and lead line
Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
Understands the use of leading and clearing lines
Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage
Knows sources of forecast information
Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid
6. Rule of the road
Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
7. Maintenance and repair work
Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks
Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes
Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system
Understands how to victual a yacht
10. Emergency situations
Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
Understands how to secure a tow
Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
11. Yacht handling under power
Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
12. Passage making
Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew
13. Night cruising
Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour.
Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.
Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
15. Helmsmanship and sailing
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
16. General duties
Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel
2 of 2 berths available
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Introduce yourself to the skipper to let them know about your sailing background.
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