Day skipper

Your path to becoming a yacht skipper

The RYA day skipper course is challenging and rewarding, It gives you the opportunity to develop new skills and experience practical sailing situations.

There is always an experienced instructor on hand to help you develop your skills and offer encouragement with support .

The RYA have a technique of teaching to meet your style of learning. the instructor will give an explanation and demonstration of a task,. you then get the opportunity to try then improve with instructor assistance.

It is amazing how much knowledge and practical skill you accumulate on the course.

Our objective is to give you the confidence to skipper a boat in familiar waters principally in day time following the course.

Ideal if you want to consider chartering a sailing yacht for a family holiday.

Course content

  • 5 days onboard a sailing yacht
  • sailing to different ports and anchorages
  • skippering a yacht on longer passages
  • living on board with other crew
  • building new practical skills :
  • safety at sea
  • Preparation for sea,
  • deck work,
  • navigation,
  • pilotage,
  • night cruising
  • meteorology,
  • rules of the road, maintenance and repair work,
  • engines,
  • victualling,
  • emergency situations,
  • yacht handling under power,
  • yacht handling under sail,
  • passage planning
  • use of electronic navigation
Pre-course experience2500 nautical miles sailed 50% in tidal waters
50 days onboard
10 trips as skipper over 60 nm
5 night passages as skipper

VHF licence
Accepted first aid certificate
Assumed knowledgeThe It is recommended you attend the Yachtmaster shorebased theory shorebased course beforehand.
Minimum duration5 days,practical preparation 2 days for the exam
Minimum age17
Course contentPreparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising

Day skipper theory

We advise that you consider the Day Skipper theory prior to the practical course to build your theoy knowledge. the rya theory course can be delivered in the classroom, online or as part of an extended practical activity.

We offer a 9 day combination course; covering all the theory and practical sailing, plenty of sailing every day, and a mix of theory as you progress through the course.

What is include

  • Course material
  • use of a sextant during the course
  • RYA course completion certificates
  • teas, coffee soft drinks

What is not included

  • flights and travel to course
  • accomodation ashore
  • meals and drinks ashore
  • personal travel insurance
  • any RYA examination fees for certification

What is not included

  • flights and travel to course
  • accomodation ashore
  • meals and drinks ashore
  • personal travel insurance
  • any RYA examination fees for certification

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