The day skipper course is designed to build on your existing sailing skills and put your theory knowledge to the test, we will improve your sailing skills and theory understanding by structured teaching sessions run by our highly trained RYA instructors.
We will teach you how to skipper the yacht safely, with a series of short coastal passages, where you will get the chance to be fully in charge of the yacht from start to finish… with guidance of course.
Whilst it could be described as an intense course, there is still time to stop at a different port each night and enjoy the Ionian islands,
Our amazing sailing area is ideal for training with lots of options of bays and harbours in close proximity, allowing us to practice a wide variety of techniques, all in the comfort of these amazing islands
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 been successful. This gives you time with your crew mates, to consolidate all of your newly learned skills and put them in to practice, giving you the confidence, you can skipper the yacht without an instructor.
Competent Crew Course – This is a great base to start from as it teaches you how to sail, crew and live on the yacht, students who have completed this course prior, generally get to a higher level of sailing competency, which results in a higher pass rate
Day Skipper Theory – this is essential to have completed prior to the course, you can do it online or in a classroom and takes roughly 40 hours.
By having completed both theses course you set yourself up for success, if you do not, then it is likely you will receive an action plan. An action plan explains the steps you need to take in the future to obtain your Day Skipper certificate
Your instructor does not have time to teach you both courses as well as your day skipper course, if you are unsure that you are not at the correct level, then please contact email@example.com or contact the Sail Ionian office for more information.
Busy but fun days – we have a large syllabus to get through so setting off by 9am is key, that means getting up early to have breakfast and preparing the boat for sea
Limited swim stops – although there will be times for a quick dip, you must remember you are on a course and we have limited time to get you through the syllabus. We don’t allow kayaks or paddleboards on courses as they get in the way when training
Provisioning – we recommend students to start a kitty between themselves at the beginning of the week, please remember the students are to provide food and water for your skipper during the course. We recommend provisioning the boat between you all for eating breakfast and lunch onboard, then plan on heading to a taverna in the evenings with maybe one evening meal being cooked aboard
Cabin arrangements – obviously there is a limited number of cabins, 2 or 3 on the training boats. Cabins are sold first come first served, with one cabin always reserved for our instructors. Please speak to the office when booking to see cabin availability
Your yacht will be in great condition and fully MCA coded for training
Read about A Typical RYA Course Week in our blog!
Join a yacht with other students. We like to teach a maximum of 4 people at a time as we feel it gives each individual that extra attention and time from the instructor and also a comfortable space on board the yacht. The course lasts for 5.5 days with successful Day Skippers having the opportunity to skipper the yacht themselves for the remainder of the week with the group, or alternatively practice with the instructor for that extra confidence.
Charter a yacht for 7 days with partners, friends or family (Suggested Maximum 4 people). Training this way as a familiar small group gives more personalised tuition, more time in charge of the yacht and additional spaces and comfort. Successful Day Skippers will have the opportunity to skipper the yacht themselves with their family and friends and get an idea of what a yacht holiday as a qualified skipper would be like.
12th, 19th, 26th April
3rd, 10th, 17th May
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June
5th, 12th, 19th July
6th, 13th, 20th September
4th, 11th October
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This course is for individuals or families/groups.
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