RYA Seamanship Skills
On completion of this course, the successful cadet will be capable of manoeuvring a dinghy in a seamanlike manner and making seamanship decisions in moderate conditions.
It will be assumed that every cadet starting this course has already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required for Basic Skills Level 2.
Trained instructors, using appropriate supervision ratios with regard to the location and competence of the cadets, will give tuition. Much of the work afloat will be done without an instructor aboard. The emphasis is on increasing the self-reliance and decision making of the sailor.
Students will be informed of their individual progress throughout the course.
SECTION A: PRACTICAL
Launching and recovery:
- Can tie a fisherman's bend and sheet bend.
- Can do heat sealing and whipping.
Sailing techniques and manoeuvres - is able to:
- Can leave and return to beach, jetty or mooring, including windward and leeward shore.
SECTION B: SAILING BACKGROUND
- Heave to.
- Reef afloat.
- Recover man overboard.
- Be towed by a power vessel.
- Anchor, including principles and techniques for different circumstances.
- Sail backwards.
- Sail in adverse circumstances (no rudder, no centreboard).
- Know how to prepare road trailer and secure trailer ashore.
Sailing theory and background - understands the following terminology:
Knows and can apply the following International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS):
- Windward, leeward, abeam, forward, aft, ahead, astern, to weather, downwind, amidships, quarter, pinching, sailing by the lee, luff, bear away, planning, sternway, broaching.
- Meeting other sailing vessels, meeting power driven vessels, following or crossing narrow channels, action by stand-on vessel.
- Knows how to recover from total inversion (practical session if possible).
SECTION C: COASTAL (optional):
- Knows sources of information on weather patterns for the day.
- Can interpret forecasts and understands local effects.
- Aware of Beaufort Wind Scale and changing weather conditions, including fog.
Experienced sailors direct assessment:
- Capable of practical application of Section A on coastal waters.
- Can use local tide tables.
- Understands rate of rise and fall - Twelfths Rule.
- Is aware of tidal streams.
- Has a basic understanding of charts and important symbols.
- The candidate must present logged evidence of at least two season's sailing experience. He will satisfactorily complete all of Section A and shall, afloat and ashore, satisfactorily answer questions on section B. Candidates seeking assessment on coastal waters will demonstrate knowledge of Section C.