Your experienced and patient instructor will teach you these skills and you will put them into practice as you skipper the yacht on short passages around the Malta. There is particular emphasis on boat handling for Day Skippers and during the course you will practice mooring under various conditions. Students live aboard for the duration of the course and visit different harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques which, like boat handling, is an essential skill for the aspiring skipper. You will complete at least 4 night hours sailing to experience night pilotage and identify lights.
At the end of the RYA Day Skipper course you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day. Students who successfully complete the Day Skipper course are awarded the RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificate and can charter from the school.
This course will also enable you to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This qualification is required by most European countries to validate your competence to own or charter a boat. The ICC, obtained by presenting your RYA Day Skipper certificate, will cover sailing yachts up to 24 metres in length in coastal waters. If you are looking for a commercial endorsement you will also need to complete the PPR course
Our courses are delivered by fully qualified RYA Yachtmaster instructors.
1.Preparation for sea
Is able to prepare a motor cruiser for sea, carry out fuel and engine checks, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below
Can carry out the following manoeuvres under power in various wind and tide conditions. Has understanding of the different styles of hull and propulsions systems
Steering a straight course
Turning in a confined space
Anchoring at a pre-determined position
Leaving an alongside berth
Picking up a mooring buoy
Correct use of power trim and tabs
Awareness of other water users
Is proficient in chart work and can carry out the following tasks:
Taking and plotting visual fixes
Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
Use of way points
Working up DR and EP
Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream
Knowledge of IALA buoyage
Maintenance of navigational record
Use of echo sounder
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 soundings as aids to pilotage
Can plan and make a coastal passsage, taking into account the relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat, weather, tide and the strength of the crew
Has been introduced to practical benefits and limitations of GPS
Knows sources of forecast information, can interpret shipping forecasts and use of a barometer as a forecasting aid
7.Rules of the road
Has a working knowledge of the application of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Has a working knowledge of the application of the prevention of common engine faults and is competent in the following areas:
Checks before starting, whilst running and after stopping
Periodic maintenance checks on engines and electrical installations
Requirements for tool kits, spares, and lubricants
Can clean water filters & knows location of impellers
Knows location of filters & bleed points for fuel
Knows tensions of drive belts & how to change
Fuel consumption at various speeds & the effect of fouling
Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
Understands how to secure a tow, rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
Has experienced motor cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour, and understands the special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.
The course is held on board our Luhrs 10m, which is an RYA accredited motor yacht.
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 the 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 are a company specialising in delivering RYA tuition and the provision of yacht charters in Malta.
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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