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Day Skipper Courses

The Day Skipper Course teaches you the skills needed to safely skipper a yacht in non-tidal waters by day. The course lasts for 5.5 days, including at least one night passage of 4+ hours. The sixth day gives you the opportunity to take the boat without the instructor, as long as you have passed your course.

Whilst it is a reasonably intense course, there is still time to stop at a different port each night and enjoy the Ionian islands. You will have plenty of time at the helm and without tides to worry about, your learning can really focus on everything else - in particular the boat handling and sail trim. You will be taught:

  1. Boat Preparation
  2. Boat handling in non-tidal waters to a very high standard,
  3. Basic pilotage, seamanship and navigation,
  4. Safety
  5. Passage planning
  6. Meteorology
  7. Much, much more.

Day Skipper Skippers

RYADay skipperTraining

Min Age: 16 years.

Pre Course Knowledge: Day Skipper Theory

Previous Sailing Experience: 5 days sea time including 100 miles and 4 night hours. This is commonly achieved by doing a Competent Crew course.

Ladies Only Courses Also Available Want to learn with other women? Enquire about our ladies only courses

Join a yacht with a maximum of 4 people doing a similar RYA course OR Charter your own yacht with instructor.

LOW SEASON £550 / Person
MID SEASON £650 / Person
HIGH SEASON £750 / Person
ANY SEASON - WHOLE YACHT BOOKING (2 - 4 persons) Please Enquire for yacht prices and availability

INCLUDED: 7 days sailing, Log Books, course materials, mooring fees, certification, max 4 persons on board, fully equipped training yacht, sailing from the Sunday you arrive, patient and experienced instructor, expert tuition on quality yachts, no additional hidden extras. If you charter the whole yacht, sail yourselves after your tuition for an additional week or more.

Ask a question on email or call us on 0800 321 3800. One of our instructors is to hand to answer your questions from 9am - 5pm every day. If you send us an email will get back to you within the hour.

RYA Day Skipper Syllabus

The syllabus for your course is outlined below. If you are picking things up quickly, the course will not stay within the refines of this syllabus and will be adapted to your level so you end up learning to your maximum potential. If you are worried about being too rusty to do this course, email us and we can suggest the best options for you.

Preparation for Sea Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below.

Deck Work Can reef and share out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions. Can prepare an anchor and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming onto a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor, slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth or stern/bows to mooring

Navigation Is proficient in chart work and routine navigational duties on passage including taking and plotting visual fixes, use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing, use of waypoints, working up DRs and EPs, knowledge of IALA buoyage, maintenance of navigational records. use of echo sounder and lead line.

Pilotage Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into or departure from harbour. Understands the use of clearing and leading lines. Uses transits and soundings to aid pilotage
Meteorology Knows sources of forcast information and can interpret forcasts
Rules of the Road Has working knowledge of the International Regiulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
Maintenance and Repair Work Understands and can carry out maintenance tasks, knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes
Engines Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impellor and bleed a fuel system
Victualling Understands how to victual a yacht
Emergency Situations Is able to take correct action as a skipper for recovery of a man overboard. Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft. Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message. Understands how to secure a tow. Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue. 
Yacht Handling under Power Can bring a yacht safely to and from an alongside berth, bow or stern too mooring, mooring buoy and anchor.
Yacht Handling under Sail Can bring a yacht safely to and from a mooring buoy and anchor. Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing.
Passage Planning Can plan and make a coastal passage taking account of relevent navigational hazards, local weather patterns and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strngth of the crew.
Night Cruising Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour. Understands the special considerations for Pilotage Plans, keeping a look out and identifying marks by night.

If you think you may know some of the above already, we also include various other subjects such as how to longline into the course and will ensure we teach more if you want to learn more! We will also refresh on all aspects of the Competent Crew Course during the week. If you are learning as a family, then some of your can do Day Skipper, some of you can do the Competent Crew or Start Yachting. If you are learning with just two of you on board we will adapt our teaching so that you can do the manouvres together without the need for additional crew.

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