RYA Day Skipper Course

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Previous sailing experience required Recommended 100 sailing miles logged with 4 night sailing hours, plus an understanding of basic navigation.

Cost – £675-£795 All Inclusive (low-high season)

Duration – 5 Days

The RYA Day Skipper sailing course covers all aspects of skippering a modern cruising yacht, including boat handling, navigation, pilotage and seamanship skills. You will skipper a short passage during your Day Skipper course under the watchful eye of your instructor and gain the experience and confidence to allow you to skipper a cruising yacht in familiar waters by day. It is recommended that you’ve already logged over 100NM and have an understanding of basic navigation before booking yourself on the Day Skipper course. This RYA Day Skipper course lasts for 5 days and can be completed over the course of 5 consecutive days, or a combination of a 2 day module and a 3 day module, depending on your availability.

The RYA Day Skipper practical course is ideal for sailors who are at good Competent Crew level and have either completed their Day Skipper theory or have sufficient knowledge of sailing at that level. The course will give you the confidence to skipper a medium size cruising yacht in known waters, by day and in good weather. It will show the best way to tackle tricky berthing situations and how to get the best out of your crew and yacht.

During your course you will visit various marinas and anchorages in an around the Solent. All the marinas have excellent facilities and most have free WiFi. You will also have an opportunity to “Skipper” a short passage during your RYA Day Skipper course.We appreciate you may need a refresher on some things and you should be able to do the following.

  • Prepare a boat for mooring (cleats, knots and mooring lines)
  • Handle sails and trimming (hoist and lower, use of winches)
  • Helming on all points of sail and steer a compass course

You should also have a working knowledge of chartwork, rules of the road, bouyage, lights and shapes.

RYA Day Skipper Syllabus

  • Boat handling under power and sail
  • Mooring bouys and anchoring
  • Emergency situations
  • Maintenance
  • Meteorology
  • Pilotage (by day and night)
  • Navigation
  • Passage planning and passage making
  • Crew management

What’s included

  • All Meals, snacks & drinks on board.
  • Berthing fees
  • Use off foul weather gear
  • Accommodation on board including comfy pillows

Our RYA Day Skipper courses are all inclusive and include accomodation and all meals eaten on board. Our varied menus cater for most tastes and special diatery requirements. We do not charge any extra for marina fees or fuel. We visit various marinas where you will find good quality washing and shower facilities, most have free WiFi too. Good quality Musto foul weather gear is provided free of charge if needed to ensure you stay warm and dry.

On board you will find our training vessel fully equipped and extremely comfortable, pillows and pillow cases are provided. All you need is a sleeping bag.

Please take a look at our Testimonials page to see what our clients say about about our course including the Day Skipper course or read our reviews on Trip Advisor. If you would like to speak to a member of the team regarding this Day Skipper sailing course, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0239 3000 300 or drop us a message via the website.

All courses are covered by our free re sit scheme

In the unlikley event you don’t pass your day skipper course the first time, we will offer you additional time with us to ensure you pass at no extra cost.

How to book

Once you have decided on which sailing course you would like to attend, there are several ways you can book.

If your sailing course is in more than 6 weeks time you will only be required to pay a 25% deposit, with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to the start of your course. Just choose the deposit option from the drop down before you click on the “Book” button. Use the credit card button to pay by credit or debit card. You can also pay over the phone if you prefer. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You will find our current RYA Day Skipper practical sailing courses and prices listed below. If you would like to discuss the course in more detail, please feel free to give us a call on 0239 3000 300.

*Occasionaly we do operate with 5 students to help meet group booking requirements.