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Day Skipper
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The aim of this course is to provide the basic yachting skills so that successful students will be safety conscious, have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of taking a yacht out without an Instructor on board in light winds in protected waters. A conventional Three-day course covers both Levels 1 and 2 of the AY Syllabus

Tuition will be given by trained AY Instructors, using appropriate supervision ratios with regard to the location and size of vessel used for instruction. The ratio of students to instructors should not exceed 5:1 at any stage.

Practical work will be assessed on a continuous basis and an oral interview or short written paper will be used as the basis for Theory Assessment.

Level 2 - Day Skipper Course Completion Certificates will be awarded by the AY Instructor or the Principle of a Sailing school to students as the Practical and Theory Sections (below) have been satisfactorily completed.

Day Skipper - ONE DAY ASSESSMENT

The Day Skipper - Certificate of Competency (up to 12m LOA) will be awarded by a AY Examiner after a One-day Assessment and the Practical and Theory Sections (below) are satisfactorily completed and signed off in the Logbook.

The candidate must present logged evidence of at least a full season's sailing experience. He/she will complete the whole of Section A and whilst afloat and ashore satisfactorily answer questions on Section B. Individual items of the Level 2 - Practical and Theory Syllabus can be progressively signed off by a AY Examiner during assessment periods.

Section A

L2 PRACTICAL SYLLABUS

1. RIGGING
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Rigging according to weather conditions.
Reefing Afloat. Reefing Procedure (7 easy steps)

2. ROPEWORK
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Use of Winches - 1-2-3 Method
Handling braided lines in Ropework - Common Whipping.
Double Sheet Bend. Clove Hitch. Rolling Hitch.

3. ENGINES
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Basic Checks: Before & After Starting, Stopping and Running.
Outboard Engines. Inboard Motors. High-Speed Water Jet
Handling yachts Under Power or Sail.

4. SAILING TECHNIQUES
and MANEUVERS

Techniques & Maneuvers
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Techniques & Maneuvers
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Towing a Yacht

Man Over Board

The FIVE ESSENTIALS
Boat Balance.- Trim Fore and Aft - Sail Setting
Centerboard - Course Made Good.

Leaving and Returning to a Mooring or Jetty (under Power/Sail)
Approaching a Mooring – Wind and Tide together (7 easy steps)
Leaving a Mooring – Wind and Tide together (4 easy steps)
Approaching a Mooring– Wind and Tide opposed (6 easy steps)
Leaving a Mooring – Wind and Tide opposed (5 easy steps).
Making fast to Mooring Buoys

Coming Alongside a moored boat, pontoon or jetty.
Leaving a jetty with Onshore and Offshore Winds.
Approaching a jetty with Onshore Wind.
Approaching a jetty with Offshore Wind.

Making Fast Alongside

Sailing a Circular Course. Sailing Backwards
Stern To Landing (4 easy steps)
Awareness of Lee Shore Dangers

Towing a Yacht Passing a Tow. Securing a Towline.
Methods of Towing

Man Over Board recovery

Section B

L2 THEORY SYLLABUS

5. RACING
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Main Forms of Racing Closed-Course - Coastwise - Ocean
The Course - Starting Procedure
Basic Rules of the Road - Port and Starboard, Windward Boat,
Power / Sail Regulations Overtaking boat.

6. EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT
and
PRECAUTIONS

Safety Equipment Distress Signals or in Need of Assistance.
Fires on Boats At the Fire Extinguishers for Class B Fire.
Extinguishers for Class C Fires. Electrical Fires.
Emergency steering arrangements

7. SAILING THEORY
and BACKGROUND

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Anchoring
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Basic Inshore Navigation
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Points of Sailing Sailing Photo Sequence Circular Course.
No Go Zone Basic Aerodynamic Theory - How a sail works?
Basic Advice in Sea Sailing

Tides & Tidal Sequence. Local Tide Tables.
Springs and Neaps. Ebb and Flow.
Relationship between Tidal Streams and Wind
Relative Speed with / against current

Anchoring - Principles and Techniques.
Selecting a Anchorage (5 easy steps)
Methods of Anchoring.
When wind and tides are in similar directions (5 easy steps)
When wind and tide are opposed (8 easy steps).
Clearing Fouled Anchor
Grounding and Recovery. Need for prompt action.
Aground Heeling and trim. Kedging Off.
Inland sailing - Basic Advice. Permits. Local Bylaws.
Overhead power lines. Locks and weirs.

Basic Inshore Navigation
Interpretation of Charts. Latitude & Longitude.
Nautical Mile Large Scale Charts.
Chart 5011. Chart Symbols. Notices to Mariners
Dead Reckoning (DR) and Estimated Position (EP).
Strategy of Course Laying. Position Fixing
Fixing Position by Bearings. Position Line. 'Cocked Hat'.
Fixing Position by Transits.

8. METEOROLOGY

Weather Information. Local conditions - Sea Breeze
Sources & Type of Information - H.F. & VHF Radio - Local Radio
Stations - TV Forecasts - Telephone Forecasts - Local Press
Coastguards and Harbor Masters - Gale Warnings

Main characteristics of High and Low Pressure areas.
Significance of major changes in Barometric Pressure
Beaufort Wind Scale

9. Personal SAFETY
YACHTS EQUIPMENT

and it's USE

Personal Safety: Lifejacket - Buoyancy Aid
Safety Harnesses and Lifelines.
Clothing. Foul Weather Gear. Deck Knife. Shackle Key.

Yachts Basic Equipment: Bilge Pumps Toilet.
Domestic Galley Equipment (if fitted)

10. FIRST AID
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First Aid Initial Assessment and Treatment
Recovery Position. How to Treat Shock.
Safety First
First Aid & Medical Kit and its use.
Motion Seasickness. Scurvy.
A working knowledge of: How to Stop Bleeding

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