RYA Day Skipper - Learn to Take Command
The Day Skipper Course is aimed at teaching pilotage, navigation, seamanship, weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection and boat handling up to a standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht by day in familiar tidal waters.
This is the certificate you need should you wish to charter a yacht in the UK or aboard.
The Day Skipper Course is conducted on board a Cruising Yacht (7-13m LOA) and will teach pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.
5 days (Sunday to Friday) or 3 weekends. Maximum 5 students per course.
Previous experience required
- 5 days aboard
- 100 miles logged
- 4 night hours
- Minimum age 16
- A knowledge of basic navigation to day skipper shore-based standard and sailing ability
- Navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and skippering techniques
- Practice mooring under various conditions of wind and tide
- Visit different harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques
- Complete up to 4 hours of night sailing to experience night pilotage and identify lights
Skippering a yacht for the first time can be a daunting yet exhilarating experience.
The Day Skipper Practical Course is designed to teach you to "Take Command" of a small yacht by day in familiar waters safely and confidently.
A skipper does much more than navigate. They are responsible for the complete safety and well being of the yacht and crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage.
Your instructor will be on hand to teach you these skills as you put them into practice, skippering the yacht on short passages around the Solent.
- Accommodation on yacht
- All snacks & meals except one evening meal taken ashore
- Mooring fees
- Gas & fuel
- Use of life Jackets
- Free parking
- One evening meal (eaten ashore)
- Loan of waterproofs
Essential pre-course reading
Day Skipper Theory and Practical Books
Successful course outcomes
Students who successfully complete the Day Skipper course are awarded the Day Skipper completion certificate and will be qualified to charter yachts and may obtain an ICC (International Certificate of Competence). Please contact us for further details.