RYA Day Skipper Practical Course
You can book your RYA day skipper practical course on-line!
The RYA Day Skipper practical course provides you with the training required to enable you to skipper a small cruising yacht in familiar waters by day. Before you start the 5 day practical course you should have had a minimum of 5 days sea time, 4 night hours and 100 miles. You can gain this experience by taking a 5 day Competent Crew course. You should also have Day Skipper Theory or knowledge to that level. You can take this RYA shorebased course as a 5 day theory course in our classroom in Gosport Marina or as an On-line Day Skipper Theory course.
Day Skipper ‘pass promise’ -
In the unlikely event of you not passing by the end of the course we promise to provide extra training FREE to help you complete your Day Skipper¹ (see below for conditions)
During the RYA Day Skipper practical course you will be taught basic pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation all in the sheltered waters of The Solent. After the RYA Day Skipper practical course you will have gained background knowledge and practical sailing experience to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. You will be continually assessed and awarded a certificate for passing the course. You can find more information about the RYA Day Skipper practical course by going to our Practical Course information page.
After this course we recommend you build up your experience either by taking one of our milebuilding cruises, chartering a yacht or sailing on your own or friend’s boats. The next stages in the RYA cruising scheme are Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster theory and the Coastal Skipper practical course.
Upon successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper practical course you will be awarded the RYA new style of certificate which will be registered on the RYA database. Students will be required to provide a passport size photograph when attending the RYA Day Skipper practical course.
If you have questions about the RYA Day Skipper practical course do contact us. Click here to find our most frequently asked questions.
Don’t have Day Skipper theory?
Why not take our on-line Day Skipper Theory course at home or come down to our Gosport Marina base to take your 9 day combined Day Skipper course on board one of our yachts in the Solent. If you choose to take your Day Skipper theory course on-line withCommodore Yachting you will save £25.00 on your practical Day Skipper course.
You can take the RYA Day Skipper course as a 5 day course or over 3 weekends. We also offer a 2 and 3 day weekend option to make up the 5 days.
You can choose any 3 weekends from our programme to complete your RYA course over weekends. Alternatively we have a 3 day weekend course over the May Bank Holiday 4th – 6th May, you can choose this weekend and any other weekend in the RYA course programme to complete your course.
|Duration||5 days||Maximum students : instructor||5:1|
|Location||Solent||Minimum age||16 although under 18s must be accompanied by an adult|
|What’s included||Accommodation on board one of our Bavaria yachts Breakfast, lunch, evening meals* and drinks on board, berthing fees. Free hire of wet weather gear||Extras||Evening meal ashore on joining night if required. Log books if required £5.50|
|When||Friday evening 1900hrs to Wednesday afternoon 1600hrs, Sunday evening 1900hrs to Friday afternoon 1600hrs. Also over 3 weekends. All year round||Don’t forget||Anything you cannot travel without as we cannot cater for everyone’s special favourites!|
|Let us know about||Any special dietary requirements and needs.|
Please note, we will do our best to cater for vegetarian diets or food allergies but not general food fads! Please call the office if in doubt.
|Cost||October – March £425.00 - £555.00 April – September £525.00 - £599.00|
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FEEDBACK - Day Skipper Student Reviews
A very professionally run company and the boats are in a great condition. Neil was very knowledgable and made the course enjoyable. Thanks for a great weeks sailing.
Ashley - Day Skipper, March 2013
Always constructive feedback to help us improve as skippers. Thoroughly enjoyed and will always return to Commodore for training and chartering.
Adam - Day Skipper, July 2012
Steve was great, a real asset to Commodore Yachting. Great knowledge and people skills. Felt more like a cruise with mates than a course although we worked hard and learnt loads.
Nick - Day Skipper, June 2011
Roger is a superb instructor. The boat is really well maintained. Pre-course admin spot on – I will be sailing with Commodore Yachting again.
Shaun - Day Skipper, Sept 2011
I have really enjoyed learning on this fantastic course. We were very lucky to have experienced a variety of weather conditions and challenges. The instruction and guidance was excellent and the highlight was the helicopter training arranged by our skipper! Thank you.
Silvi - Day Skipper, June 2011
The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes has been compiled to complement the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course and draws on the cumulative experience of hundreds of experienced sailing instructors. The techniques shown or described are tried and tested and are suitable for most types of cruising yacht.
This book gives guidance on how to take charge of a yacht for a short passage. Includes planning, crew briefing, safety, boat handling, navigation, etc.
Publisher: RYA · Format: Paperback · Pages: 80 · Dimensions: 210 x 145mm · Edition: 2005 (reprinted: 2011) · ISBN: 9781905104130 · Product Code: DSPCN
TThis is the official handbook supporting the RYA Day Skipper Sail Course and is ideal for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge to this level. It gives great practical and detailed advice on key skills, expanding on the course companion notes. Being a good skipper is not difficult; it requires essential skills, knowledge, experience, patience, good communication and at times a sense of humour! This book is engagingly written and highly illustrated with the aim of equipping you with that essential knowledge and set of skills to help you build up your experience. It leads you through practical advice on Day Skippering in three logical sections: Practical Skills Navigation & Passage Making Safety It covers all the theoretical and practical aspects of the RYA Day Skipper Sail syllabus and gives you all you need to know to take a small yacht on a short passage safely. In addition to the practical advice on aspects of Day Skippering, extensive focus is given to safety planning skills such as life-saving signals, simple engine repair and preparation for bad weather. ISBN: 9781905104949 Product Code: G71
RYA Day Skipper Practical Syllabus
|The Day Skipper course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the required standard to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.
¹ Our ‘pass promise’ is subject to the following conditions:
- Students must have theory knowledge to Day Skipper level.
- RYA Day Skipper theory course must have been passed within 12 months of the Day Skipper practical course OR the student may be asked to sit an Day Skipper theory exam paper in our classroom.
- Students must have passed the RYA Competent Crew course.
- Extra training will be offered subject to the recommendation of one of our experienced RYA instructors up to a maximum of 2 days.
- This offer excludes any expenses incurred by the student in attending the extra training.
- Any training offered will be subject to availability.
* Evening meals taken ashore on weekend courses.