Day Skipper Combined 2

RYA Day Skipper Online Theory

Price - £289.99

The RYA Day Skipper theory course covers the basic areas of navigation and seamanship. If you are planning to spend more time on the water, completing this theory course using Urban Truant's easy-to-use educational online portal will give you an essential understanding of how to remain safe at sea ... and find your way home! You can also go on to do your RYA Day Skipper practical course.

Taught over 40 hours, the course is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers and provides you with the required knowledge to navigate safely. A list of modules is below and at the end of each module, you are invited to try out what you have learned with online tests. Full answers are immediately available for every test question and you can go back and re-do any part of the module - giving you confidence to move onto the next section when you know you are ready.

Once you have completed every module you are ready to sit the exam. Again, this is done from your own home or office and completed in a time limit. You will need to have your RYA training charts, books and equipment to hand, and all answers should be entered into Urban Truant's online exam form. Your submitted answers will be marked by a qualified RYA shorebased instructor within two working days (often within one working day).

Passing the course gives you ideal preparation ahead of completing the RYA Day Skipper practical course, which can also be provided by Urban Truant. We use modern yachts and insist on a low ratio of students to instructor, meaning you spend more time learning and less time waiting for others to take their turn.

Pre-Course
Experience
Some practical experience is desirable although not essential.
Assumed
Knowledge
None.
Student
Instructor Ratio
You will be assigned a dedicated RYA Yachtmaster Instructor to answer your questions.
Duration40hrs online study
Course
Content
Seamanship
Coastal navigation and pilotage
Chartwork
Electronic charts
Position fixing
Plotting a course to steer
Weather forecasting and meteorology
Tides
Collision regulations
Ability after
Course
This course equips you with enough knowledge to understand how to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. Successfully gaining your certificate will enable you to confidently progress with your Day Skipper practical course.

RYA Day Skipper Sail

Price - £899.00

RYA Day Skipper is a hands-on course that is highly recommended for anyone who regularly sails on board a yacht. It’s designed to improve skills and build knowledge of all aspects of life at sea whilst skippering a sailing yacht during short passages.

You will spend 5 days navigating and sailing your way across the Solent and Southampton, including some night sailing. Under the watchful eye of your instructor, you’ll practice your skippering skills, ensuring your crew are safe and happy. You will plan and put into practice a variety of different passages, including the execution of pilotage plans skills in to (and out of!) busy rivers, anchorages and marinas. Other key skills include interpreting weather forecasts, engine maintenance, sail handling and sail trim.

Armed with your RYA Skipper qualification, you will boost your confidence to take charge of a sailing yacht and explore beautiful harbours and anchorages. You can also apply for your International Certificate of Competence (ICC) enabling you to charter a sailing yacht during a holiday at home or abroad.
Pre-Course
Experience
5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht.
Assumed
Knowledge
Knowledge of being on board a boat to Competent Crew level. We also strongly recommend that you do the Day Skipper theory beforehand. This course can be done online or in a classroom and enables you to put chartwork knowledge into practice rather than learning everything whilst afloat.
Student
Instructor Ratio
Maximum 3:1
Duration5 days (3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days)
Course
Content
  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising
Ability after
Course
On successful completion you will be able to skipper your own yacht or charter yacht. This course also allows you to obtain and International Certificate of Competence, (ICC) the requirement for charter abroad.

RYA Short-Range Certificate (SRC) VHF Radio

Price - £49.99

Who would raise the alarm in a distress situation on board your boat? What if the skipper was unable to? The Short Range Certificate (SRC) is a minimum legal requirement for every British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. It’s also an essential and informative qualification for anyone who enjoys boating so that they can use a marine radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) functionality. 

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. You will learn how to use VHF/DSC radios in day-to-day routine situations – such as booking a marina berth or calling friends on board their boat. A large part of the course is also spent familiarising you with radio procedures during distress, safety and urgent situations – from making a DSC/Mayday call to reporting a container floating in the shipping lanes.

As described above, the course is split into two distinctive separate sections:

Part 1 Complete the RYA SRC/VHF Radio operator course online - 6-8 hours.

Part 2 Complete practical radio operation and exam.

This 1 hour session needs to legally take place at an RYA Recognised Training School and prepares you to take a short written SRC/VHF Exam. You can sit this exam at our training facility based in Swanwick Marina on the river Hamble.

We always have a range of dates available and can also be arranged at a time to suit your diary requirements at our training center in Swanwick, Southampton.
Pre-Course
Experience
3 hours of self-study before the course details of which will be included in the pack we send after you order.
Assumed
Knowledge
None
Student
Instructor Ratio
DurationOnline Study follwed by short practical exam.
Course
Content
  • Background information on the GMDSS system and its equipment and licensing requirements
  • Radio rules and regulations
  • Operation of marine VHF equipment including DSC functions
  • The phonetic alphabet
  • Basic radio language and protocols including pro words such as over, say again, out etc.
  • Correct use of the various channels
  • How to make calls to other stations
  • How to send a Distress Alert and Distress Message (Mayday)
  • How to send an urgency alert and a safety call
Ability after
Course
To have the confidence and qualifications needed to use a marine radio, both in routine and emergency situations.
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Total Individual Price:£1238.98 Combined Price:£1089

Reasons to Choose Us

We are passionate about what we do and customer service is key in everything we do. Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose us.

If you’re still not convinced give us a call and speak to one of our instructors on 01489 250 040

3:1 Instructor Ratio

With your progression as our priority, we have chosen to impose a maximum of 3 students for every course held on board one of our boats. This best practice approach to our service gives you with more time with the instructor and more time practicing your skills. It also enables you and your instructor to focus on any weaknesses ... and you'll have a cabin to yourself!

Dedicated RYA Instructor Support

We pride ourselves on using the very best instructors available. They're a friendly and experienced team who understand the importance of taking the time to ensure you fully understand what you're learning. Our shorebased tutors include Yachtmaster Instructors, and Urban Truant's Power Chief Instructor is also a trainer and assessor for the RNLI.

Modern Training Facilities

Our training facilities in Swanwick Marina opened in 2015, providing the perfect environment to study and learn. The room is well-equipped with full audio/visual, a large whiteboard, and plenty of space to spread our your charts. We'll also look after you during your time with us, as refreshments are included with every course, and decent coffee on tap!

Online Courses

Our exclusive 'SailingCourseOnline' portal offers an advanced way to learn at your own pace wherever you are, and works seamlessly across desktops, laptops and mobile devices. The content was specifically written to be read on a screen, with bite-sized modules, clean graphics and animations. Our team of shorebased instructors are on hand whenver you need them, and as they're additionally RYA Yachtmaster Instructors, they provide fast and knowledgeable assistance whatever your query.

Highfield 760 Patrol

All our Powerboat training courses are delivered on our exceptionally maintained Highfield Patrol 7.6 (7.6m rigid inflatable boat) which operates well at speed and close quarters maneouvres.

The RIB boasts a throbbing 250hp Honda Engine and were new to Urban Truant in 2017. Once you have learnt to drive a RIB you can get access to Urban Truant's Premier RIB Club.

Top Quality Yachts

Urban Truant's 40 foot yachts are equipped and furnished with training in mind. Our yachts are well-maintained and no expense is spared for all of our gear and safety equipment. We also take your comfort seriously... You'll have space to savour downtime with your own cabin and 240v sockets when connected to shorepower. Marina fees are always included with an Urban Truant experience, and enjoy complimentary use of our Baltic lifejackets and Gill wet weather gear.

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