RYA Day Skipper Practical

Price: from £599

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

Duration: 5 days

The RYA Day Skipper Course runs over five days and brings students with at least the RYA Competent Crew qualification and some sailing experience, up to skipper level.

Take a look at our live course calendar for dates for the RYA Day Skipper Practical course!

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
  • 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
  • Marina berths & moorings
  • 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 Practical course is designed for anyone who has successfully completed the RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper Theory course (or has sufficient theory knowledge to RYA Day Skipper Theory level) who wants to undertake the practical qualification.

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 Practical course.

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What we cover on the course:

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 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 courses have 4 to 5 students. We aim it at a mixture of Competent Crew and trainee Day Skipper students per boat. 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 choice of three formats:

  • 5 consecutive days: (Monday to Friday)
  • 5 consecutive days: (Wednesday to Sunday)
  • 2 consecutive Weekends: (First weekend incl a Friday)

During your RYA Day Skipper (Tidal) Practical course you will cover 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. 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 £599 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 Practical Course:

Sailing is always about the journey, an adventure you embark upon every time you set sail!

To make the most out of your time on the course with us my advice is to make sure you have the right experience before doing the course. You should have the basic skill sets of being able to tack, gybe and be able to help in hoisting and dropping the sails.

You should have some good knot skills and have theory knowledge up to RYA Day Skipper Theory level including being able to do a tidal curve, course to steer, know basic Collision Regulations, day shapes and lights, fix a position on a chart, take bearings and convert them from either Compass or magnetic back to true bearings and identify marks and hazards as you sail along on your journey.

Sailing is always about having fun, visiting new places, meeting new people and building links with fellow sailors. You are going to be put under some pressure, and your knowledge will be tested but also built up and improved. There will be some long days, and something will always not quite work, but always remember to have fun and be safe.

We also offer our Complete RYA Day Skipper Package which includes both the theory and practical courses. This will take you from having a little sailing experience through to passing your RYA Day Skipper first time round if you follow the instructors advice.

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