Day Skipper

Complete the full syllabus in one course

This four-day course gives you the opportunity to skipper a motor cruiser on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation. Taking the course here will provide you with a non-tidal course completion certificate. We will advise you on your application for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Following the course you should be competent to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day.

You can tie your Day Skipper practical with the theory course: an eight day concentrated training course to provide you with the full Day Skipper qualification.

Take charge on short passages under instruction, with help and advice from your instructor.

This course can also help you get the best from your modern electronic aids such as GPS and radar, which are now virtually standard equipment on modern motor cruisers.

Before attending the course you should be able to navigate and are well advised to attend the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course to brush up on your skills (see Navigation and seamanship theory on the left).

The course can be taken in tidal or non-tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

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Pre-course experience 2 days practical experience on a motor cruiser
Assumed knowledge Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper Shorebased Course before taking this practical course
Minimum duration 4 days
Minimum age 16
Course content Preparation for sea, boat handling, navigation, pilotage, passage making, meteorology, rules of the road, engines, emergency situations, night cruising
Ability after the course Able to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day


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