* Not included in the price is transportation to and from the Marina and all costs ashore, such as food and drinks.
What You will learn
- Preparation for Sea
- Sail trim
- Rules of the road (IRPCS)
- Emergency situations
- Man overboard drill
- Navigation and chartwork
- Coastal voyages
- Maintenance and Repair Work
- Passage making
- Yacht Handling Under Power and Sail
Next Step ——–
Embark on a six-day journey with the Day Skipper course, an enthralling adventure that takes you deeper into the world of sailing. Building upon the foundation laid in the Competent Crew course, this programme elevates your sailing experience. It’s designed to enhance your ability to perform tasks and foster a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of sailing.
This enriching journey is available in two captivating locations: the scenic waters of the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands, and the vibrant sailing grounds starting from Cherbourg, offering exhilarating trips around the Channel Islands and the Solent region. Ideal for those new to the world of sailing, this course offers an all-encompassing introduction to sailing skills, set against a backdrop of diverse and dynamic environments. Whether you’re navigating the tranquil waters of the IJsselmeer or exploring the bustling Solent, this course promises a memorable and transformative sailing experience.
Following is an example of how a typical course week might unfold:
We begin with an intensive start, diving deep into the world of sailing navigation. On this first day, we build upon the basic chart work and navigation knowledge you already have, with a special focus on tidal streams and current predictions. The day ends with a practical sailing trip where you immediately apply the knowledge gained and experience the finer points of sailing.
On day two, we delve further into pilotage techniques and introduce electronic navigation aids. It’s a day full of practice, focused on navigating in challenging conditions and harbours. This day helps elevate your navigational skills to a higher level.
The third day is dedicated to meteorology. We thoroughly analyse how different weather conditions can influence sailing planning. We also apply the International Maritime Rules (COLREGs) in more complex sailing scenarios, which is essential for every aspiring skipper.
Day four brings the challenge of passage planning and leadership development. As a student, you take the lead in planning a coastal passage, utilising your advanced navigational knowledge. This day is crucial for developing your leadership and team management skills.
On day five, you put everything you’ve learned into practice during the execution of the planned passage. It’s a day where you can really demonstrate and adapt your navigational, pilotage, and skippering skills to the reality of a sailing trip.
The final day is a time for reflection and application of all learned skills during the return journey to the home port. There’s a special emphasis on refining crew coordination, yacht handling, and emergency response. The course concludes with an extensive debriefing, discussing your progress and next steps.
This Day Skipper programme is not just a course; it’s an adventure that takes you into the depths of sailing skills and knowledge. It builds on what you’ve learned in the Competent Crew course and takes you on a deeper and more specialised learning experience, preparing you to confidently act as a skipper.
The road to RYA Yachtmaster
Ahoy there! So, you’ve dipped your toes into the boundless seas with your Competent Crew certificate snug in your pocket, and now you’re eyeing the horizon, where the proud title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits. Well, my friend, you’re in for an exhilarating voyage, one that’s as rewarding as it is challenging.
First off, remember this: becoming a Yachtmaster isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s a journey of transformation. You’re not just learning skills; you’re becoming a mariner. And what a journey it is!
Step 1: Building Experience After your Competent Crew adventure, it’s time to rack up those nautical miles. Get yourself aboard as many different boats as you can. Each vessel has its own quirks and charms, much like people. You’ll learn how to handle a sprightly 30-footer and a grand 50-foot yacht, each teaching you lessons in humility and confidence.
Step 2: Day Skipper – Taking the Helm Next, you’ll want to earn your Day Skipper qualification. Here’s where you move from crew to commander, learning the art of navigation, pilotage, boat handling, and the fine craft of leading a crew. It’s not just about charts and compasses; it’s about growing a leader’s spine. You’ll start making decisions, and remember, a decision, right or wrong, is often better than no decision at all.
Step 3: Advanced Skills and Coastal Skipper Now, onto the Coastal Skipper. This is where the game gets upped. You’ll be dealing with complex passages, night sailing, and refining those sailing skills till they shine like a polished bell. Coastal Skipper isn’t just a title; it’s a statement. It says you can take a boat and crew safely through challenging waters and bring them home with tales to tell.
Step 4: Mastering Theory Don’t forget the books! Yachtmaster theory is no walk in the park. You’ll delve into advanced navigation, meteorology, collision regulations, and safety. It’s like learning to play chess; every piece moves differently, and you need to think several moves ahead.
Step 5: Gaining More Sea Miles Before you can stand for the Yachtmaster exam, you need a bag full of sea miles and some solid skippering experience. These aren’t just numbers; they’re your stories, your trials, and your triumphs.
Step 6: The Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Finally, you’re ready for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam. It’s a practical test of your sailing ability, your leadership, and your wits. You’ll be tested on everything from man-overboard recovery to handling the yacht in rough weather. It’s intense, but remember, the sea doesn’t compromise, and neither does the Yachtmaster standard.
Becoming a Yachtmaster Offshore isn’t just about mastering the seas; it’s about mastering yourself. It’s a title that speaks of salt in your hair, wind in your face, and a depth of experience that only the sea can teach. So, set your sights, brave mariner, for the journey is grand, and the title of Yachtmaster Offshore awaits you with open arms!