RYA Day Skipper Practical
April - September, £525
October - March, £475
Number of people:
5 days (Monday to Friday), or one 3-day weekend and one standard weekend.
The Solent
Skippering a yacht for the first time can be daunting yet exhilarating experience. The RYA Day Skipper practical course in designed to teach you to “Take Charge” safety and confidently. A skipper does much more than navigate. They are responsible for the complete safety and wellbeing of the yacht and its crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualing, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage.

Your experience and patient instructor will teach you these skills and you will put them into practice as you skipper the yacht on short passages around the south coast. There is particular emphasis on boat handling for the Day skippers and during the course you will practice mooring under various conditions. Students live aboard for the duration of the course and visit many different harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques, which like boat handling, is an essential skill for the aspiring skipper. You will complete at least 4 night hours sailing to experience night pilotage and identify lights.

Rough schedule:
Dependant on weather.
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Additional information:
This course is required by most European countries to validate your competence to own or charter a boat.
This course will enable you to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) which will cover the chartering of sailing yachts up to 24 metres in length in coastal waters.If you are looking for a commercial endorsement you will need to complete the PPR course.
The course will include:
  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck Work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the Road (IRPCS)
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising
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