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RYA Day Skipper Combination

Price: from £995

Location: Starts from our base at Premier Gosport Marina, and visits different ports around the Solent and adjacent waters.

Duration: 9 days

The RYA Day Skipper Combination Course (Theory & Practical) runs over nine days and brings students with at least the RYA Competent Crew qualification and some sailing experience, up to skipper level with both theory and practical courses undertaken.

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Course Information

Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

What is included in the course cost:

  • Yacht hire
  • RYA Qualified Instructor
  • RYA course materials and certificates
  • During theory element – We do not provide Food but you are welcome to use the facilities on board (please check we have accommodation available)
  • During practical element – Breakfast, lunches, snacks and three evening meals (One evening meal is taken ashore at the students own cost)
  • Tea, coffee & soft drinks
  • Accommodation on board throughout both theory & practical elements of the course
  • Marina berths & moorings (Most other schools don’t include this – Ask around!)
  • Harbour dues & fees
  • Diesel
  • Cooking gas
  • Electric in marinas
  • Wet weather kit hire (not footwear)
  • Hire of a Baltic automatic life jacket

Recommended Reading: RYA Day Skipper Handbook Sail (G71), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster scheme and syllabus (G158)

Course Prerequisites: RYA Competent Crew (At least 5 days on board a yacht sailing) & Day Skipper Theory (or knowledge to the level of).

Minimum Age: 16+. 

Holiday Insurance: We would advise ALL our customers to ensure they have suitable holiday insurance in-place. Yachtsman’s insurance is available from a variety of souces like Topsail Insurance and can cover things like cancellations and personal effects cover.

This course will enable students to safely plan and undertake day passages in familiar waters, with an introduction to making a night passage, always returning to a port of safe haven. This is the gateway course to chartering yachts anywhere in the UK and the world. With the skills learnt on the course you will have a good, solid grounding ready to start your adventures.

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Who is the course for:

The RYA Day Skipper Combination course is designed for anyone who has successfully completed the RYA Competent Crew and who wants to undertake the practical and theory qualification in one sitting over nine continuous days.

Successful completion qualifies students for their International Certificate of Competence (ICC), allowing them to confidently plan and complete passages in familiar waters and charter yachts in the UK and abroad.

As a guide we would recommend an absolute minimum of five days (or 100 nautical miles) of tidal waters yacht sailing experience as an active crew member. This requirement is usually obtained by taking the RYA Competent Crew course. However, If you are short of a few days experience then why not try one of our sailing mile builders!

We sometimes find that students with less than this level of experience struggle to pass and complete the RYA Day Skipper Combination course.

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What we cover on the course:

The RYA Day Skipper Combined (Theory & Practical) course will enable you to gain the full RYA Day Skipper qualification in just nine days. It’s the fastrack way to gain your Skippers licence.

The course is completely residential and you’ll be staying aboard one of our fleet yachts for the entire course. This will get you in the mindset for the course, which is quite demanding at times. You will need to spend your evenings reviewing your theory classes and reading some of the upcoming theory sections ready for the next day. You will have exercises to complete each evening to help consolidate your learning.

The course covers preparation for sea and the safety briefing, deck work, navigation (both traditional and electronic), pilotage into and out of ports and harbours, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualing, emergency situations and actions, yacht handling under power and under sail, passage making, night sailing back to a port of safe refuge, and of course being the skipper of a vessel.

Please be aware that RYA Day Skipper Combination Courses completed in the Solent and other tidal waters are demanding. This course is held in high regard with yacht charter companies worldwide due to the challenging waters, winds, tides and busy waterways you will encounter. Courses run in the non-tidal waters of the Mediterranean are generally not accepted by the UK yacht charter industry. Our Day Skipper course also qualifies you for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

Our RYA Day Skipper Combination courses have 4 to 5 students. All Students are able to live and stay on board the yacht for the duration of the course. In some instances sharing a cabin may be required.

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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a single format:

  • 9 consecutive days: (Saturday to the following Sunday)

During your RYA Day Skipper (Tidal) Combination course you will cover theory and practical navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship, skippering techniques, customs and sailing etiquette and the all-important berthing in marinas. You will also potentially cover rafting alongside another vessel, which is common during high season.

The course includes free accommodation aboard our immaculate, well-maintained yachts with breakfast, lunch and snacks and three evening meals onboard with one evening meal taken ashore at the students cost. During the theory side of the course we only provide accommodation on a “bed only” basis (please note that in summer accommodation cannot be guaranteed during theory so please check when booking). We also include all fuel, mooring fees and safety kit such as lifejackets and waterproofs. All Students are able to live and stay on board the yacht for the duration of the course. 

Fancy going VIP and having your own exclusive private course for you and your friends or family? You can book the whole yacht just for your own exclusive course from only £895 per person. Enjoy the course in style, with up to five persons on the boat being taught by one of our friendly, experienced Yachtmaster Instructors! What a way to start your sailing adventure!

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the RYA Day Skipper Combination Course:

This is the best way to gain your RYA Day Skippers licence in the shortest possible timeframe. This course will give you the ability to charter a yacht in the UK or abroad.

It’s advisable to ensure that your practical sailing skills are up to scratch, as there is no time on the course for refreshing skills. You need to be able to helm the yacht, hold a course, operate winches, tack, gybe and sail the yacht into a triangular course. In short, you need to be confident of the skills you learnt on your Competent Crew course.


This course is the starting point for your skippering life. It’s all about the journey, visisting new ports, navigating in and out of them safely by day. This course will immerse you in boat life, so get involved, enjoy the banter, ask questions and have a great time. Once you complete this course, go sailing, charter a boat with friends and family.

Remember with this course that it’s a full-on nine days! So please be well-prepared for long days a a lot to learn!

We will help you as much as we can but you need to work with us to really get the most out of the full nine days. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for things  to be explained in more detail if you don’t understand them. Practice the skills in the evenings to really home your knowledge. But most of all have fun.

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