The course deals with basic seamanship and introduces you to navigation and meteorology.What do all those pretty colored things in the water mean? Who is the stand-on vessel and who must I avoid? Are those clouds going to bring bad weather? How do I find my way safely home? And, most importantly, what safety equipment should I carry and how does it work?
These are just some of the questions that will be answered. You will also experience traditional navigational techniques and play around with modern electronic chart plotters. So many interesting subjects and all the knowledge that a yacht skipper on just short day passages needs to know.
The theory examinations are conducted by your instructor who will have ensured that you have fully understood all subjects covered prior to taking it.
Our RYA courses are delivered by fully qualified Yachtmaster instructors.
1. Nautical terms
Parts of a boat and hull
General nautical terminology
Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
Characteristics of different types of anchor
Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use (see RYA Boat Safety Handbook, C8)
Fire precautions and fire fighting
Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and life jackets. Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radio telephone. 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
7. Navigational charts and publications
Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
Navigational publications in common use
8. Navigational drawing instruments
Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
Application of variation
Awareness of deviation and its causes
Use of hand-bearing compass
Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
Techniques of visual fixing
Use of waypoints to fix position
Course to steer
11. Tides and tidal streams
Tidal definitions, levels and datum
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
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 passaged. Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
Keeping a navigational
15. Navigation in restricted visibility
Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog
Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines
IALA system of buoyage for Region A
Use of sailing directions
Pilotage plans and harbour entry
17. Marine environment
Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment
All our RYA theory courses are held at our M17481 premises.
Everything you need - tuition, shorebased course pack. What you need to bring: You have to provide your own Portland plotter, dividers, pencils and eraser, or you can buy them from our school.
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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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