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Navigation Courses begin at RCYC next week.

The Day Skipper Shorebased Navigation Course (for beginners and improvers)  and Yachtmaster Shorebased Navigation Course (for advanced navigators) begin in the club on Monday evening next Oct 12th. Eddie English and his crew will again present this course which includes a special section on electronic navigation. Members who book before next Friday 9 Oct will receive a 10% discount.

Day Skipper Shorebased Navigation Course
RCYC Crosshaven:  Mondays-  12 Oct. until Dec. 21 and resume in Jan.18 with the final session in Feb. 22.
A comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers. If you are planning to get involved in boating or if you wish to progress to the next step and make that sail west – this is the course for you. The course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising. This is an opportunity to ask questions in a sympathetic environment and get straightforward, easily understood answers!
We are continually updating our courses to take into account developments in technology and the electronic navigation aids now available on most cruising boats. In conjunction with the UK Hydrographic Office the RYA have developed a chart plotter specifically for use on training courses, giving you a realistic insight into electronic navigation. Use of this plotter is an integral part of our Day Skipper shorebased course.
This course includes: Basics of seamanship, Essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage, Chartwork, Electronic charts, Position fixing, Plotting a course to steer, Weather forecasting and meteorology, Tides, Collision regulations, Parts and equipment of a cruising boat, Emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts

Yachtmaster Shorebased Navigation Course
RCYC Crosshaven:  Mondays-  12 Oct until Dec  21 and  Jan 18 until Feb 22
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques.
This course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA’s specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.
This course includes: Position fixing, Course shaping and plotting, Tidal knowledge, Use of almanacs and admiralty publications, Electronic position finding equipment, Taking and interpreting forecasts, Plotting weather systems, Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation, Collision regulations, Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad.

Full details on  For information and bookings call Jo English on 021 4811237

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