About This Course
5 day RYA Day Skipper Practical Course
During the RYA Day Skipper practical course you will learn basic pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation. This training will take place in the sheltered waters of The Solent. By the end of the course, you will have gained a huge amount of knowledge and practical sailing experience. You should feel confident to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day. During your sailing course, you will be continually assessed and awarded a certificate for passing all aspects of the course. You can find out more about the RYA Day Skipper practical course by going to our Practical Course information page. This qualification is accepted by most charter operators in the UK and overseas. You should be able to charter a yacht for bareboat charter and flotilla holidays.
Pre Requisites for Day Skipper:
- Minimum Age 16
- Competent Crew or
- 5 days on board
- 100 miles logged
- 4 night hours
- Day Skipper Theory or knowledge to that level – you could pass a Day Skipper theory exam
What is included:
- Services of experienced RYA Instructor
- Accommodation on board your yacht
- Breakfasts, lunches and two evening meals
- Berthing Fees
- Use of foul weather gear
- Use of a life jacket and all safety equipment
- RYA Day Skipper Sail Photo Certificate (Bring a passport sized photo)
- Modern marina facilities at base within easy walking distance of public transport
What is not Included:
- Evening meals eaten ashore
- Secure parking at Gosport Marina (capped at £15.00 for duration of course)
- The course starts at 9 am on the first day and will end by 4 pm on the last day
- Free accommodation is available on board the evening before your course begins if required
What to expect:
- Up to 5 students on board
- There may be a mix of students including Day Skipper and Competent Crew students
- You may share a cabin or saloon although we try to match boat layout to mix of students.
- There is a sole occupancy option for anyone who would prefer the privacy of their own cabin
- The best plans are drawn in the sand at low tide – be prepared for your instructor to make changes based on wind, tide and anything else that can effect the course.
Upgrade to our Platinum service:
All the same benefits of our regular RYA Day Skipper course with the advantage of the following:
- 3 or 4 cabin yacht – sail in one of our newer or larger yachts
- Course size limited to 3 students on board
- You will have your own cabin
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.
What is it like to take a Day Skipper Course?
Are you ready for Day Skipper?
The RYA recommend that you have 5 days on the water or 100 miles before taking the Day Skipper course.
Competent Crew is the ideal course to prepare you for Day Skipper.
You will need to have passed a Day Skipper Theory course or have theory knowledge to Day Skipper theory exam level. You can study theory on-line at home.
The Day Skipper theory course entails 40 hours of study – your instructor cannot pack this extra training into your 5 day practical Day Skipper course.
Don’t forget to allow time for a little pre course revision!
You can even combine Day Skipper theory and Day Skipper Practical in one 9 day 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, two evening meals** and drinks on board, berthing fees. Free hire of wet weather gear||Extras||Evening meals ashore during the course and on joining night if required. Log books if required £6.99|
|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 needs and dietary requirements.|
Please note, we will do our best to cater for vegetarian diets but cannot cater for alternative diets or allergies. Please call the office if in doubt.
|Cost||£510.00 - £625.00|
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. 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
- 2. Deck Work
- Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions
- Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth
- 3. Navigation
Is proficient in chartwork 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 to DR and EP
- Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
- Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift
- Knowledge of IALA buoyage
- Maintenance of navigational records
- Use of echo sounder and lead line
- 4. Pilotage
- Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
- Understands the use of leading and clearing lines
- Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage
- 5. Meteorology
- Knows sources of forecast information
- Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid
- 6. Rule of the road
- Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
- 7. Maintenance and repair work
- Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks
- Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes
- 8. Engines
- Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system
- 9. Victualling
- Understands how to victual a yacht
- 10. Emergency situations
- Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of 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
- 11. Yacht handling under power
- Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
- Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
- 12. Passage making
- Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew
- 13. Night cruising
- Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour. Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.
- 14. Seasickness
- Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
- 15. Helmsmanship and sailing
- Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
- Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
- 16. General duties
- Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel
Excellent course with very constructive tuition that now gives me the knowledge and confidence to skipper reasonable length voyages and to build up the experience for longer voyages.
Julian – Day Skipper, June 2019
Great instructor, fab bunch of people, excellent marina facilities and the sun even shone!
Amanda – Day Skipper, August 2017
Richard is an excellent instructor, (which of course you already know). He knows exactly how to get information across and where any weakness may be lurking. I thoroughly enjoyed my time training and would recommend Commodore to anyone wishing to undertake any form of training/tuition. Very professional indeed. Thank you
Simon – Day Skipper, April 2017
David proved to be an excellent instructor. His patience and attention to detail made the learning experience most enjoyable.
Murray – Day Skipper, August 2016
Instructor very very very good, well pitched, excellent explanations, relaxed but safe, informative, great weather conditions (sure that was not anything to do with instructor though) Brilliant course
Christopher – Day Skipper, May 2016
Despite storm Katie causing disruption with the weather, Pete managed to work around that and achieve all the course requirements. It was a great 5 days and I really got a lot out of it. Pete is a bit of a character with some great stories and we had a fantastic time on and off the boat
Denys – Day Skipper, March 2016
Had an amazing time with Pete and our fellow crew. Some challenges thrown at us by storm Katie but that only improved the sense of achievement. Can highly recommend the great personal service offered by Stuart, Karen and the team
Keith – Day Skipper, March 2016
Emma was amazing. Patient and diplomatic as a teacher. Excellent anticipation of potential problems as skipper. Decisive and calm when things got tough.
Paul – Day Skipper, November 2015
Impressive course for such a last minute booking. Most impressive was the fact that I had no experience before this and that was tailored into the course as much as possible. The online course is excellent, teaching you in some areas even deeper knowledge than is needed. Mark is an excellent and very patient instructor who took in to account all of the various students experiences and focused on individual’s areas for improvement.
Edward – Day Skipper, October 2015
A very professionally run company and the boats are in a great condition. Neil was very knowledegable and made the course enjoyable. Thanks for a great weeks sailing.
Ashley – Day Skipper, March 2013
We want you to pass!
What if I don't pass?
We will offer you a further weekend FREE!
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. Whilst we cannot guarantee that you will pass we would like to assist as much as we can. (see below for conditions)
¹ Our ‘Free Weekend Offer’ 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.
- Our instructor will offer instruction to Day Skipper level however we are unable to guarantee a pass.
- Any training offered will be subject to availability.
The Small Print
Evening meals taken ashore on weekend courses.
** We will provide breakfast, lunch and two evening meal with some cakes and biscuits for coffee / tea breaks. We are unable to provide an endless supply of food / fruit / snacks including crisps and chocolate. Should you like to snack throughout the day or have particular food favourites we respectfully request that you purchase these yourself.