RYA Day Skipper to Deckhand – detailed syllabus

RYA Competent Crew (Practical) (5 days)

This super yacht course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful crew member on a cruising yacht. The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Knowledge of Sea Terms and Parts of a Boat, her Rigging and Sails
  • Sail Handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire Precautions and Fighting
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Man Overboard
  • Emergency Equipment
  • Manners and Customs
  • Rules of the Road
  • Tender Usage
  • Meteorology
  • Seasickness
  • Helmsmanship and Sailing
  • General Duties


Super Yacht

First step towards your Super Yacht Career.


RYA Day Skipper Shorebased (Theory) (6 days)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Nautical Terms
  • Ropework
  • Anchorwork
  • Safety
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Definition of Position, Course and Speed
  • Navigational Charts and Publications
  • Navigational Drawing Instruments
  • Compass
  • Chartwork and Navigation – Traditional and Electronic
  • Tides and Tidal Streams
  • Visual Aids to Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Passage Planning
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Marine Environment
Navigation Theory

Navigation forms a crucial part of your training.


RYA Day Skipper Tidal (Practical) (5 days)

This course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar. The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Preparation for Sea
  • Deck Work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Maintenance and Repair Work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency Situations
  • Handling Under Power
  • Handling Under Sail
  • Passage Making


RYA  or SAMSA VHF/SRC Radio (2 days)

The course content is as follows:

  • Basics of Radio Operation
  • Correct Frequencies (channels) to Use
  • Distress, Emergency and Medical Assistance procedures
  • Making Ship-to Shore Telephone Calls
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using Simulators
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue (SART)


Super Yacht / Deckhand Training (2 days)

The syllabus includes the following topics:


  • Cleaning
  • Varnishing
  • Painting
  • Splicing
  • Minor Repairs
  • Gel Coat & Fibre Glass
  • Rope Work
  • Winch Servicing

Boat Etiquette:

  • Day Work
  • Dock walking
  • Crew Agents
  • Crew Salaries
  • C.V.
  • Crew Accommodation
  • Offshore Bank Accounts

RYA Power Boat Level II – (2 days)

Section A Practical:

  • Launching and Recovery
  • Boat Handling
  • Securing to a buoy
  • Anchoring
  • Leaving and coming alongside
  • Man Overboard

Section B Theory:

  • Types of craft
  • Engines and Drives
  • Siting of fuel tanks
  • Routine engine checks
  • Close down procedures
  • Advice to inland drivers about coastal waters
  • Use and Limitations of GPS
  • Application of local byelaws
  • Source of weather information

RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance – (1 day)

Principles of the diesel engine
The four-stroke cycle
Naturally aspirated engines
Intercooling/after cooling
The fuel system
The basic system
The tank
The water-separating pre-filter
Fuel lift pump

STCW 2010 (Standard of Training & Certification of Watch keepers)

The STCW 2010 syllabus includes the following modules:

  • Elementary First Aid at Sea – 2 days
  • Marine Fire Fighting – 3 days
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility(PSSR) – 2 days
  • Personal Safety Training(PST) – 2 days
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties(PDSD) – 2 day


Optional beneficial modules (bookings made upon request by student)

These modules are very desirable in the eyes of potential employers and will give you an edge over other job seekers in the yachting industry