Day Skipper Theory Syllabus

Day Skipper Theory Syllabus
Day Skipper Shorebased Course Syllabus

Nautical terms:
Parts of a boat and hull, and General nautical terminology

Knowledge of the properties of synthetic ropes in common use

Anchor work:
Characteristics of different types of anchor
Considerations to be taken into account when anchoring

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.
International regulations for preventing collisions at sea:
Steering and sailing rules (5,7,8,9,10 and 12-19)
General rules (all other rules)

Definition of position, course and speed.
Latitude and longitude.
Knowledge of standard navigational terms
True bearings and courses
The knot
Navigational charts and publications
Information shown on charts, chart symbols and representation of direction and distance- Navigational publications in common use. - Chart correction
Navigational drawing instruments
Use of parallel rulers, dividers and proprietary plotting instruments

Application of variation - Awareness of deviation and its causes
Use of handbearing compass

Dead reckoning and estimated position including awareness of leeway
Techniques of visual fixing - Satellite derived positions
Use of waypoints to fix position - Course to steer

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
Visual aids to navigation:
Lighthouses and beacons, light characteristics

Sources of broadcast meteorological information
Knowledge of terms used in shipping forecasts, including the Beaufort scale and their significance to small craft
Basic knowledge of highs, lows and fronts

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

Navigation in restricted visibility:
Precautions to be taken in and limitations imposed by fog

Use of transits, leading lines and clearing lines. IALA buoyage for region A Use of sailing directions. - Pilotage plans and harbour entry

Marine environment :
Responsibility for avoiding pollution and protecting the marine environment