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Learn how to use navigational tools, electronic navigation aids and build confidence to make educated decisions when on board.

This six day course introduces you to navigation and other theory related subjects. During this course we build the foundations for you to become a good navigator.

On completion of this course and assessment you receive a RYA Day Skipper course completion certificate.

After booking your course our admin sends you a course program and recommended accommodation and transport arrangements

This module is applicable to both Motor and Sail.

Our theory courses are presented in our classroom based at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town.

 

For more information, dates and pricing on this course please fill out our Enquiry Form.

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Applicable to:

• Boat Owners
• Those seeking to advance from RYA competent crew
• Crew members who would like to make valuable contribution
• Candidates seeking employment in the international yachting or super-yachting industry
• Anyone interested in learning  the basics of navigation

 

Upcoming course dates:

2019:

31 December (OFF 1 January) – and from 2-6 January

21-26 January

18-23 February

25-30 March

22-27 April

 

Please feel free to call us on +27 21 788 1009 (landline) or +27 82 088 7186 (mobile and WhatsApp)

Alternatively send us an email at skipper@yachtmaster.co.za

 

5 Days Practical Sailing as an active crew member

or

RYA Competent crew course completion certificate

SAFETY
• Gain the knowledge of safety equipment carried and how to use it
• Learn about fire precautions and fire fighting
• Make use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets
• Develop the ability to send distress by every available means
• Gain the basic knowledge of rescue procedures

INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF COLLISION AT SEA
• Part A General Rules (rules 1-3)
• Part B Section i-iii Steering and Sailing Rules (rules 4-19)

NAVIGATION
• How to use and understand latitude and longitude
• Gaining knowledge of standard navigational terms
• How to use and understand true bearings and courses
• Boat speed and nautical reference to distance

NAVIGATIONAL CHARTS AND PUBLICATIONS
• How to interpret information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance
• The use of navigational publications in common use on vessels
• Making and updating chart corrections

NAVIGATIONAL DRAWING INSTRUMENTS
• How to use parallel rulers, dividers and plotting instruments

COMPASS
• How to apply variation
• How to apply deviation and its causes
• Using a hand-bearing compass

VISUAL AIDS TO NAVIGATION
• Identifying lighthouses, buoys and beacons using light characteristics
• How to use transits and leading lights

CHARTWORK
• Understanding dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
• Learning techniques of visual fixing
• Understanding satellite-derived positions
• Learning how to use waypoints to fix your position
• Plotting a course to steer

PASSAGE PLANNING
• Learn to prepare a navigational plan for short passages
• Learn what meteorological considerations to take when planning short coastal passages
• Learn how to keep navigational records
• How to use waypoints and electronic navigation aids on passage
• Understand the importance of confirmation of position by independent source to reduce the circle of uncertainty

NAVIGATION IN CONDITIONS OF RESTRICTED VISIBILITY
• The value of RADAR
• Safe speed
• Planning safe routes
• Types of fog

PILOTAGE
• How to use of leading lines, transits for port entry and safe navigation
• Get to know IALA buoyage system
• Pilotage plans and harbour entry
• Learn to use sailing directions

TIDES AND TIDAL STREAMS
• Understanding tidal definitions, levels and datum
• Using tide tables
• How to use the admiralty method of determining tidal heights at standard ports and make corrections for secondary ports
• How to use tidal diamonds and tidal streams atlases for tidal calculations

ANCHORING AND ANCHORS
• Learning about different types of anchors used
• Learn the considerations taken when anchoring
• Different sea beds

METEOROLOGY
• Gain knowledge of sources broadcasting meteorological information
• Develop basic knowledge of global weather
• Gain knowledge of terms used in marine forecasts, Beaufort scale, and the importance to small craft

6 days consiting of 8 hours a day in the classroom.
All your training and Certificates

Your RYA Theory packs

Use of RYA Reference Books and navigation equipment

Temporary membership at the Royal Cape Yacht Club
Accommodation in Cape Town

During the 1 Theory Week, 5 Nights Accommodation On-shore is required in Cape Town. You will have to arrange this yourself.

Food and Transport

Introducing you to navigation and moving you closer to becoming a skipper

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