Imagine being capable and confident enough to take your friends and family out on a yacht for a day, a weekend or even on holiday.
The RYA (Royal Yaching Association) Day Skipper is a qualification which enables you to safely take charge of a 30-45ft sail cruising yacht and its crew by day in familiar waters.
In Slocam's Wake, RYA Training Center based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is offering the coveted RYA Day Skipper Course and International Certificate of Competence (ICC) Assessment on June 10-15 and Sept 30- Oct 5, 2018.
There’s no getting away from it – passing involves some work, some practice and some dedication. But RYA Day Skipper is your ticket to freedom.
It shows charter companies that you have enough knowledge and practical experience to take their vessels out safely.
And your Day Skipper qualifies you to apply for your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), which means you can charter a yacht abroad –
a whole new chapter of adventure.
So what’s involved, and how do I do it?
The RYA Day Skipper Sail requires self-paced ashore theory and practical on-the-water training in a Cruise & Learn format.
First, there is the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course with two formats:
- 5 sessions in the Classroom
- self-paced online/iPad learning course from NauticEd.
The both take 30- 40 hours to complete and include support from RYA Instructors.
The subjects covered include safety, collision regulations, navigation (on paper and electronically) weather, passage planning, the marine environment and the theory behind how a yacht sails. By learning all the theory prior to joining the practical course, you are much better placed to get the most from the Day Skipper practical course.
Next, assuming you have some sailing experience (preferably 5 days at sea) you can schedule your 5-day Practical on a sailing yacht.
What will I learn? How does it differ from RYA Competent Crew or NauticED Qualified Crew?
Once on board, you’ll cover all aspects of yacht sailing; how to trim sails, plan a passage, to moor and anchor safely. The main difference with Day Skipper is that you’ll be making the key decisions on everything – from what to do in an emergency, where and how to berth the yacht, to when dinner should be served.
You’ll learn how to delegate jobs effectively and encourage and motivate crew members when needed. You will also be in charge of all aspects of safety management on board, from equipment and the yacht to the well-being of everyone on board.
Why should I take the course?
The best part about learning in a controlled environment is that there is an experienced RYA instructor on board ensuring your safety, while guiding and encouraging you to practice crew work for sailing maneuvers and develop your own management style.
Living on board with other would-be skippers for the duration of the course brings a great sense of comradeship, team spirit and the experience of a shared adventure that often creates life-long friendships.
By the end of your 5 days you will be a confident, prepared and responsible skipper. You will be able to assess situations and make qualified decisions for the benefit of the yacht and its crew.