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Old 12-09-2011, 03:00   #1
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A Newbie Moving to Sea (Day Skipper Class Question)

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Just registered for what looks like an excellent forum.

Currently on an around the world (began in American a year ago). Need to make money to continue and heart pushed me to sailing - no regrets there. Have STCW 95 and Competent Crew under belt. Was told by CC instructor that, really (when I mentioned assisting with yacht deliveries - as a hope - or just having good credentials) I need Day Skipper at least. OK.

Went online to check out DS courses. Personally would prefer immersion learning but due to finances and location circumstances began looking at online learning for DS theory.

On another thread read about coastal skipper course and how in some situations day skipper not recommended.

My experience is piloting ~24 foot powerboats during youth on freshwater for recreational purposes primarily day with some night.

So my question is this: go for learning Day Skipper theory online? or go for something else?


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Forget the Day Skipper and go straight to Coastal.... Day aint worth the paper it printed on...
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Forget the theory only stuff. You need the actual certificates. Day Skipper is an excellent 5-7 day on board course. The resulting ticket is well recognised. ) and gives you an automatic ICC. Day skipper is one of the most widely taught courses

Again as to coastal skipper (now know. As yachtmaster coastal ) you have to have a minimum time at sea and sea miles to do the exam. So this may not be suitable. Again the theory course is useless. No theory course gives you a recognisable ticket all you get is in effect a course completion cert.

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Re: A Newbie Moving to Sea (Day Skipper Class Question)

UK wise theory is nice but so what.

Day skip Practical ... can do most things when supervised.
Coastal exam has demonstrated skill during 24 Hour exam.

Who would you take without further Information?
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With reference back to what you want to achieve, do Yachtmaster theory and Day skipper practical. With more experience and 2500 hours of skippering with some night passages, take on Yachtmaster practical. Without the theory you will have too many bad habits and not pass the practical and get a commercial ticket.

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