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 Yachting Association) Day Skipper is a internationally recognized qualification which enables you to safely take charge of a 30-45ft sail cruising yacht and its crew by day in familiar waters.
If your goal is to become a internationally commercial endorsed RYA Yachtmaster OFFSHORE or RYA Yachtmaster OCEANS - this is your starting point.
In Slocam's Wake, RYA Training Center based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is offering the coveted RYA Day Skipper and International Certificate of Competence (ICC) on June 10-15 and Sept 30- Oct 5, 2018. Register for the rewards.
There’s no getting away from it – passing involves some work, some practice, some dedication and some FUN. But RYA Day Skipper is a ticket to freedom. And your Day Skipper qualifies you to apply for your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), which means you can charter a yacht abroad creating a whole new chapter of life adventures.
What’s involved, and how do I do it?
The RYA Day Skipper Sail requires 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 Training Center Classroom or
- self-paced NauticEd online /iPad elearning course
They 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 and NauticEdQualified 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 developing 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.
Carl Richardson, Chief Instructor, Vancouver Sailing Club
Instructor Credentials- RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor, RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities, NauticEd Captain Rank Instructor and SLCTM Examiner, Industry Canada CCG ROCM VHF Radio Instructor & Examiner, ASA206 Advanced Coastal Cruising and ASA214 Cruising Catamaran Instructor.
Professional Sailing Certifications- RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (MCA), NauticEd Captain Rank Level 5, ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising, Marine CPR AED First Aid, Industry Canada (CCG) SVOP, TC Marine Emergencies ME3, ISAF (WorldSAILING) Safety at Sea.
" Sailing is all about the joy of harnessing the power of the wind, discovering the beauty of our coasts and sharing the sea. With over 42,000 NM logged in coastal and offshore passages, a full- time professional sailing Instructor for the past 14 years, I have had the privilege to assess, instruct, examine and certify more than 1650 students on cruising keelboats 24-52 feet and cruising catamarans 38-48 feet. My lesson plans use proven teaching methods that assist my students in acquiring " Safety is First" sailing knowledge, seamanship, operational vigilance and practical boat-handling skills for all conditions. My favourite C&L destinations are BC's West Coast , the Inside Passage including Howe Sound, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and the Discovery Islands. I also enjoy Instructing Cruise & Learn adventures in Greece, Argentina, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Grenadines, Antigua and the Turks & Caicos Islands- 67 weeks in the past 12 years. My international Instructor, cruising and racing plans for 2018 will take me to Shanghai China, the BVI, St Lucia and the Grenadines, Nova Scotia, Texas and Toronto."
This Cruise & Learn will take the candidates from Halifax to Lunenburg returning to Halifax for RYA Day Skipper and optional RYA International Competency Certificate (ICC).
The student fee for the course is $1975 CDN including pre-course study, sleeping berth/ cabin, all meals aboard and required safety equipment.