Coastal Skipper Syllabus

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The aim of this course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal passages by day and night.

 1. Passage planning
• Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the capability of the yacht, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights, and tidal streams, publications required and strategy
• Know Customs procedures 

2. Preparation for sea
• Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages
• Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegating responsibilities and equipment and engine checks 

3. Pilotage
• Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of surroundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.
• Can pilot a yacht by day and night 

4. Passage making and ability as skipper
• Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew
• Can organise the navigation, deck work, and domestic duties of a yacht on passage Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends Is aware of crew welfare on passage
• Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes 

5. Yacht handling under power
• Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
• All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide 

6. Yacht handling under sail Characteristics
• Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
• Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
• Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing 

7. Adverse weather conditions
• Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
• Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility 

8. Emergency situations
• Recovery of man overboard under power and sail
• Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues