RYA Day Skipper Theory - syllabus

 1. Nautical Terms 
    Parts of a boat and hull
    General nautical terminology
2. Ropework
    Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use
3. Anchorwork
    Characteristics of different types of anchor
    Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring
4. Safety
    Knowledge of the safety equipment to be carried, its stowage and use
    Fire precautions and fire fighting
    Use of personal safety equipment, harnesses and lifejackets
    Ability to send a distress signal by VHF radiotelephone
    Basic knowledge of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
5. International regulations for preventing collisions at sea
    Steering and sailing rules , lights, sounds, shapes and general rules 
6. Position, course and speed
    Latitude and longitude
    Standard navigational terms
    True bearings and courses
    The knot
7. Navigational charts and publications
    Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance 
    Navigational publications 
    Chart correction
8. Navigational drawing instruments
    Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments
9. Compass
    Application of variation
    Awareness of deviation and its causes
    Use of hand-bearing compass   
10. Chartwork
    Dead reckoning and estimated position including an awareness of leeway
    Techniques of visual fixing
    Satellite-derived positions
    Use of waypoints to fix position
    Course to steer
11. Tides and tidal streams
    Tidal definitions, levels and datum
    Tide tables
    Use of Admiralty method of determining tidal height at standard port and awareness of corrections for secondary ports
    Use of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases for chartwork
12. Visual aids to navigation
    Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics
13. Meteorology
    Sources of broadcast meteorological information
    Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale and their significance
    Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts
14. Passage planning
    Preparation of navigational plan for short coastal passages
    Meteorological considerations in planning short coastal passages
    Use of waypoints on passage
    Importance of confirmation of position by an independent source
    Keeping a navigational record
15. Navigation in restricted visibility
    Precautions to be taken in, and limitations imposed by fog
16. Pilotage
    Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines
    IALA system of buoyage for Region A
    Use of sailing directions
    Pilotage plans and harbour entry
17. Marine Environment
    Responsibility for avoiding pollutions and protecting the marine environment


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