Coastal Skipper Syllabus
1. Preparation for Sea
- The effects of fouling on boat speed and fuel consumption.
- Fuel consumption at different speeds and can calculate fuel required for a passage, including reserve.
- Customs procedures.
- Plan a coastal passage, taking into consideration the capability of the vessel, navigation, victualling, weather, ports of refuge, tidal heights and tidal streams, publications required and strategy.
- What safety equipment is required for offshore passages.
- Prepare a cruising vessel for sea, including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, delegation responsibilities, equipment and engine checks.
- Prepare a pilotage plan, taking into consideration soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port of harbour regulations and tidal factors
- Pilot a cruising vessel by day and at night.
- The practical uses of integrated electronic aids to navigation, including AIS, RADAR, electronic navigational charts (ENCs), and raster navigational charts (RNCs).
- Take charge of a yacht and direct the crew.
- Organise the navigation, deck work and domestic duties of a cruising vessel on passage.
- Be aware of the significance of meteorological trends.
- Be aware of crew welfare on passage.
- Use electronic navigational equipment for planning and understanding a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes.
- Control the cruising vessel effectively in a confined space under power, including all berthing and departing situations in various conditions of wind and tide.
- Avoid excessive use of power.
- Use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space.
- Anchor and moor in various conditions of wind and tide.
- Sail efficiently on all points of sail, including downwind techniques.
- How to handle a cruising vessel in strong winds.
- General conduct in restricted visibility.
- Prepare a cruising vessel for heavy weather.
- Navigate in restricted visibility.
- The actions to be taken when abandoning to a life raft, and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues.
- How to carry out the aftercare requirements on a casualty who has been in the water.
- Describe to a crew members the effects of cold-water shock on a casualty who has been in the water.
- Recover a man overboard under power.
- Recover a man overboard under sail.