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Theory Course

Upgrade your ICC or Essential Navigation & Seamanship theory to RYA Day Skipper

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  • Includes Student Theory Pack with Charts and Almanac
  • Plotter & Dividers - Additional £15
  • Fully Animated & Interactive Lessons
  • Multi Device Support
  • Study At Your Own Pace
  • Proven Pass Rate
  • No Classroom Pressure
  • MCA & RYA recognised
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Upgrade your ICC or RYA Essential Navigation theory to RYA Day Skipper. Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate safely around familiar waters by day and learn how to apply the collision regulations and recognise lights at night. The comprehensive syllabus covers fundamental seamanship, navigation techniques, understanding tides, collision regulations, electronic navigation tools, weather interpretation, buoyage systems, and crucial safety practices.

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This is the full RYA Day Skipper Course, but discounted for those who already hold the Navathome ICC or RYA Essential Navigation Certificates. A copy of the completion certificate will need to be provided at the time of booking.

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Nautical Fundamentals:

  • Introduction to seamanship and boat terminology.
  • Essential knots and techniques for berthing alongside.
  • Preparing the boat for sea and basic boating manoeuvres.

Navigation Essentials:

  • Chart reading and understanding depth contours.
  • Plotting courses; considering tidal set and drift.
  • Position fixing using different methods and accounting for tidal factors.

Tidal Streams and Passage Planning:

  • Utilising tidal diamond tables and stream atlases.
  • Plotting courses and estimating position using tidal data.
  • Introduction to short daytime passage planning with waypoints and visual aids.

Tidal Heights and Calculations:

  • Determining tidal heights for safe navigation.
  • Applying tidal height tables and accounting for spring and neap tides.
  • Basic secondary port calculations and time differences.

Collision Regulations and Lights:

  • Understanding collision avoidance rules.
  • Recognising vessel types from their lights.
  • Identifying vessels by day shapes and using appropriate signals.

Electronic Navigation:

  • Practical usage of chart plotters and electronic instruments.
  • Incorporating depth and wind data into navigation decisions.

Weather and Forecasting:

  • Causes of weather systems and their impact on sailing.
  • Reading and interpreting weather forecasts and charts.
  • Accessing reliable weather information sources.

Buoyage and Navigation Marks:

  • Recognising buoys based on their characteristics.
  • Understanding buoyage systems and their significance

Safety at Sea:

  • Essential safety practices and equipment onboard.
  • Handling life rafts, life jackets, and flares.
  • Mayday calls and communication during emergency situations.


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