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RYA Day Skipper Platinum Course

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RYA Day Skipper Platinum Course


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No cabin sharing and only 3 students on a course.

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About This Course

No cabin sharing and only 3 students on a course

5 day RYA Day Skipper Practical Platinum Course

Course Content:

During the RYA Day Skipper practical platinum 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 all aspects of the course. You can find more information about the RYA Day Skipper practical course by going to our Practical Course information page.

Duration5 daysMaximum students : instructor3:1
LocationSolentMinimum age16 although under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
What’s includedAccommodation on board one of our Bavaria yachts Breakfast, lunch, evening meals* and drinks on board, berthing fees. Free hire of wet weather gearExtrasOne evening meal ashore during the course and on joining night if required. Log books if required £6.49
WhenFriday evening 1900hrs to Wednesday afternoon 1600hrs, Sunday evening 1900hrs to Friday afternoon 1600hrs. Also over 3 weekends. All year roundDon’t forgetAnything you cannot travel without as we cannot cater for everyone’s special favourites!
Let us know aboutAny 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.

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. 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

FEEDBACK – Day Skipper Student Reviews – Platinum Course

John was superb. Very calm, made us think for ourselves an excellent preparation for taking the responsibility of skipper on our own. Thank you very much.

Jonathan – May 2016

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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

What is included:

  • Services of experienced RYA Instructor
  • Accommodation on board your yacht
  • Meals eaten on board (excluding joining night) **
  • 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:

  • One evening meal (eaten ashore)
  • Secure parking at Gosport Marina (capped at £10.00 for duration of course)

What to expect:

    • Up to 3 students on board
    • There may be a mix of 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

What next?

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.



The RYA recommended that you take the following courses before taking the RYA Day Skipper Practical course:

We offer the RYA Day Skipper theory as an on-line course delivered by Navathome are an RYA recognised training centre specialising in online training.

If you prefer a classroom based course then you might like to consider the 9 day Combined Day Skipper Theory and Practical Course.
One of our students recorded life on board during a RYA course – check out the film at the bottom of the page!

If you have questions about the RYA Day Skipper practical course do contact us. Click here to find our most frequently asked questions.

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 you can choose a 3 day weekend and any other weekend in the to complete your course.

Pass the RYA Day Skipper practical course and you can apply for an ICC!

Day Skipper ‘training 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. Whilst we cannot guarantee that you will pass we would like to assist as much as we can. (see below for conditions)

¹ Our ‘training promise’ is subject to the following conditions:

      • Students must have theory knowledge to Day Skipper level –  you could pass a Day Skipper theory exam
      • 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.

* Evening meals taken ashore on weekend corses.

** We will provide breakfast, lunch and three evening meals 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. 


Additional Information


May 22nd – 26th, May 27th – 31st, June 5th – 9th, June 10th – 14th, June 17th – 21st, June 24th – 28th, July 3rd – 7th, July 8th – 12th, July 15th – 19th, July 17th – 21st, July 31st – August 4th, August 14th – 18th, August 21st – 25th, August 26th – 30th, September 2nd – 6th, September 11th – 15th, September 16th – 20th, September 25th – 29th, October 2nd – 6th, October 9th – 13th, October 14th – 18th, October 23rd – 27th, October 28th – November 1st, November 6th – 10th, November 11th- 15th