The Day Skipper theory course requires no prior knowledge, whereas the Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper course is more advanced and assumes that you already know the material covered by the Day Skipper course. There is no obligation to take the Day Skipper course before Yachtmaster, however if you don’t know the subjects covered at Day Skipper, you will struggle at Yachtmaster level and find it difficult to pass.
If you are not sure whether or not you are ready to jump in at Yachtmaster level, try answering these 10 questions. If you know what they are referring to and can make a good stab at answering them (min. 6-7 correct), then you are probably ready for Yachtmaster. If it’s more like gobbledegook, you would be well advised to complete the Day Skipper course before progressing.
- What is the symbol for an Estimated Position?
- How would you mark the line representing a tidal vector?
- Why is it important to be able to calculate tidal heights?
- What is a secondary port?
- What method of position fixing is likely to result in a “cocked hat”?
- What is magnetic variation?
- What does GMDSS stand for?
- When should a mayday message be sent?
- What do the IRPCS say about keeping a lookout?
- What causes a sea breeze?