DAY SKIPPER THEORY Part 2Venue: Cowes Duration: 2 days + 3 days Price Per-Person: £199
Day Skipper Theory
OVER WEEKENDS 16th/17th/23rd/24th/25th
This is a beginner's course, which assumes no prior experience and is intended to be both enjoyable and informative. It introduces basic navigation, including chartwork, position fixing, tides, buoyage, and passage planning as well as the essential subjects of safety and meteorology. The course is equally suited to both sail and powerboat users. With the increasing use of modern electronic aids to navigation, an introduction to the safe use of G.P.S. is also included. The course is essential preparation for the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course.
Day Skipper Theory UK Proposed Itinerary
Monday – Your course begins at 0900 at the GFS base in Cowes. Today will be an introduction to navigation in general: Position in terms of Latitude and longitude, arguments over the centre of the earth, direction and compass headings. There will be a lunch break where you can wander up Cowes High Street to ‘Tiffins’.
Tuesday – 0900 Start. We will start the day by covering measuring distance, depth and height. And then after a tea break, we will be starting to grips with the charts! Another lunch break in at ‘Tiffins’? Then it is time to learn about position fixing... how do we know where on the world we are?!
Wednesday – This morning we will learn why we have tides, and how to calculate how strong and high they will be! After all that information it’s time for a break... This afternoon we will cover IALA buoyage systems and the rules of the road. After a long day in the classroom, why not head into town for a lovely meal with your fellow classmates?
Thursday - This morning we will be plotting courses, learning about dead reckoning and estimated positions. Take a wander at lunch to refresh what you learnt about tides yesterday... which way are they flowing at the moment? Then learn about meteorology. How do you interpret a weather forecast?
Friday – The final day in the classroom, course to steer is the order of the day; working out which way to point the boat to get where you want to go when the tide is pushing you another way. Once that is onboard, learn how to put it all together to plan a passage! Take a break away at lunch to work out what, if anything you would like to re-cap, and in the afternoon your instructor will take the lead from you!
Why not put your theory in to practice with a RYA Practical Course? Check out the website or call us for availability!
*Please note that itineraries are subject to change
- RYA Qualified Instructor
- All charts and publications
- Loan of Portland Plotter & Dividers
- Hot and Cold Drinks
- FUN FUN FUN!!