RYA 5 Day Practical Course
A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't. The course qualifies you for the International Certificate of Competence (available to British Citizens and residents), which is often required if you sail or charter in European countries.
Before this course we expect you to be a competent crew, either having completed the RYA competent crew course or gaining the experience through other means. Dinghy sailing and crewing on yachts all build valuable knowledge. You must also have a sound understanding of the theory behind the practice. We recommend that you complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course. This must be completed before attending the practical course unless you already have the knowledge through other means.
CONTENT: Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising.
During the course in Menorca we explore beautiful unspoilt coves each lunchtime. Evening stops may enable us to go alongside, in the pretty old fishing harbour of Fornells, famous for its great seafood restaurants, in Addaya or the old capital, Ciutadella.
Duration: 5 days
No of Students: 4/5 maximum and 2 minimum
Accommodation: 5/6 nights aboard
Qualification achieved: RYA Day Skipper / I.C.C. Cert.
Pre-Course experience: Day Skipper Theory, 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht
5 Day RYA Day Skipper Non Tidal Practical Course Syllabus
The Day Skipper course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the required standard to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in non-tidal waters with which the student is familiar.
Preparation for sea
Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below
Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth
Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including:
- Taking and plotting visual fixes
- Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
- Use of waypoints
- Working up to EP
- Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
- Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift
- Knowledge of buoyage
- Maintenance of navigational records
- Use of echo sounder and lead line
- Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
- Understands the use of leading and clearing lines
- Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage
- Knows sources of forecast information
- Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid
Rules of the road
- Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Maintenance and repair work
- Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks
- Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes
- Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system
- Understands how to victual a yacht
- Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
- Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
- Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
- Understands how to secure a tow
- Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
Yacht handling under power
- Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions
- Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
- Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew
- Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour. Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night
- Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
Helmsmanship and sailing
- Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
- Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
- Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel
|2018 FEES (Including Spanish vat/iva)||Course Fees per Person|
|Course Code||Description||Duration||Low Season 1 Oct to 19 May||Mid Season 20 May to 21 July and 2-30 Sep||High Season - 22 July to 1 Sep|
|DS||Day Skipper||5 Days||€710||€775||€995|
|Exclusive family & group courses available in Menorca all year round||from €2480 per course||from €3100||from €3980 per course|
A big thank you.
Four years ago Menorca Cruising helped to start our sailing adventure with a competent crew course. A year later, a day skipper course, designed specifically around the needs of a husband and wife team to short-handed sail in safety paved the way for our first Yacht.
Now having had our own Yacht berthed and looked after by John and Liz these past two years it is now time to say goodbye. We shall greatly miss the beautiful island of Menorca but perhaps more we will miss the professional, honest advice and a sense of humor that prevailed no matter what!!
Thank you again Liz and John for flattening the learning curve in such a nice way.
Shaun & Sarah
“I had a great week. Andy dealt with all our different levels very well making sure everyone got to try everything. I was never made to feel stupid and he answered all of my questions. I feel much more confident than at the beginning of the week”.
“I was very impressed with Andy as an instructor. He was extremely thorough and very flexible in his teaching based on the conditions. He allowed us to go beyond the Competent Crew syllabus and helped with further work that would be useful for Day Skipper. The room was better than expected. I would definitely recommend to friends to come here to do similar courses and will return if I charter a yacht”.
“With Andy we had an excellent balance of thorough professional instruction and enjoyment of the holiday”.
“Andy was a very knowledgeable instructor with the patience of a saint! Thank you for a great week”.
“I absolutely loved the course and made some really fantastic friends. I am completely smitten with sailing now and plan to do my Day Skipper Theory in September. Hopefully will return to Menorca Cruising to do the practical next summer, and perhaps talk some of my friends into doing the competent crew at the same time. Thanks for a brilliant holiday”!
“The course was arranged to cover training needs of a family with mixed sailing experience using our family’s own boat. All members achieved their needs and had a most enjoyable week. Many Thanks to John”.
|RYA Start Yachting »||2 Day course for beginners / those with some dinghy experience||€315 / €350|
|RYA Competent Crew »||5 Day course for beginners / those with some dinghy experience||€710 / €775|
|Competent Crew Extra Skills »||5 Day course for those who have completed their Competent Crew||€710 / €775 / €995|
|RYA Day Skipper »||5 Day course for those who already know how to sail and have an understanding of navigation theory||€710 / €775|
|RYA Luxury Courses »||Exclusive courses for groups on our Beneteau 48. Designed for those who want tuition on a larger yacht||from €775|
|Day Skipper Refresher »||5 Day course for those wanting to refine their skills||€710 / €775|
|ICC Assessment »||Half Day Assessment for those with sailing experience||€295|
|Mile Building Cruises »||Longer passages with tuition||€1035|
|Coastal Skipper Practical »||For those with plenty of logged miles and night hours||€775|
|Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore Prep »||Preparation courses for Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exams||€815 / €1165|
|Powerboat 1 & 2||Learn to operate a small rib or powerboat and gain your ICC||p.o.a.|
|Charter with Tuition »||Learn to sail while on a charter holiday with your own skipper and training designed for you and your family or group||p.o.a.|
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