Skippers can take the course that suits their experience, or work through the scheme step by step.
No experience needed, just enthusiasm!
Practical experience : 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours
Assumed knowledge: Basic navigation & sailing ability.
Ideally you will have attended the Day Skipper Theory Shorebased course or at least have a good understanding of the following:
Tidal heights, Tidal streams, Course to steer, Passage planning, Compass variation, Pilotage, Clearing bearings, 3 Position fixes, Rules of the Road, Lights & Shapes and Knots. * See note
Practical experience: 15 days (2 as skipper), 300 tidal miles, 8 night hours.
Assumed knowledge: Navigation to Coastal Skipper Shorebased standard.
Sailing to Day Skipper Practical standard. * See note
Minimum sea time (within 10 years of exam). 30 days, two days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. Yachtmaster Theory, VHF or SRC Radio Operators certificate, First Aid Certificate
50 days seatime, 5 days as skipper, 2500miles (half of which must be tidal), 5 passages over 60 miles including two overnight and two as skipper. Yachtmaster Theory, First Aid Certificate, VHF license
Canary Sail are an official RYA training centre and are able to offer all courses from Competent Crew
through to Yachtmaster Preparation. We can only offer the final Yachtmaster exams by prior arrangement.
* Note: All prospective skippers should understand that without the required theoretical knowledge, it is
unlikely that you will be able to successfully complete the course. Our instructors are there to help you if
your theory is rusty but they cannot teach a theory course at the same time as a practical course.
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