This course is for aspiring skippers who have some yachting or sailing experience. This is your time to be safely and skilfully in charge.
Each student will be asked to plan a short passage with the help and guidance of the instructor and then act as skipper to carry out that plan. It is your chance to be in charge, taking the credit when all goes well and accepting the blame if it does not. Your instructor is there at every step with you offering advice and support.
On completion of the course, you will feel a great sense of achievement, having learned many new skills. You will feel a new found confidence, which will help you actually enjoy using your boat in the happy knowledge that you and your family or guests are safe on board.
If at this stage you are not yet a boat owner you will certainly be ready to acquire one, or be of great assistance to friends who are owners.
Foul weather gear can be rented for €10/week (if needed) to keep you warm and dry.
All our instructors are fully qualified RYA Yachtmaster instructors.
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 life raft
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
The RYA Day Skipper Practical course runs from our base at Manoel Island Marina in Gzira which is easily accessible by bus from the airport. Parking at our marina is free.
The course is delivered on our RYA accredited school boat, a Bavaria 36, which are fully equipped with all safety equipment..
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.
Instruction, accommodation and linen on board, life jacket, fuel, hot and cold drinks, breakfast and lunch. Students will eat ashore if the boat is in the marina, otherwise we will provide an evening meal. The fee also includes mooring fees at home port. Mooring fees at other marinas will need to be split between students.
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We deliver a range of internationally recognised RYA courses for both sail and power. So whether you're looking at a full-time job in the maritime sector or if it's just pleasure, we will guide and prepare...
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