RYA Day Skipper Practical


Our RYA Day Skipper Practical Course helps students develop and refine their skills to skipper a yacht by day in familiar waters.

Course Content:

Over the 5 day on-board residential course you will learn to prepare for the day (chose sails, understand meterological forecasts, navigation, provisioning) and take charge while sailing – including choosing where to anchor at night. The Day Skipper Practical builds off the skills developed in the Day Skipper Theory Course. Starting from our base in Jolly Harbour on the west coast of Antigua, your sailing routes might include sailing to Five Islands Bay for some anchoring practice, then up around and to Green Island for the night, then continuing down and around to English Harbour and Falmouth, or even, depending on the weather, to sail up to gorgeous Barbuda with its white and pink beaches.

Finding the best location to learn and to have fun is indeed a great skippering skill! Upon successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course, you’ll receive the RYA Day Skipper Certificate, allowing you to charter and skipper a boat on your own.

Among the areas that are covered during the course are how to prepare the yacht to go sailing, from planning the passage and reviewing meteorology forecasts and provisioning to pilotage and engine checks; then under sail handling, sail selection, and navigation. All this while reviewing all basic sailing knowledge accumulated to date, from knots to reefing.

During the course we sail to different locations so that you may practise mooring, berthing, anchoring and entering into port in different conditions, as well as sailing at night so that we can review lights and buoys and sailing in the dark.

Prerequisites for this course:

  • RYA Competent Crew or 5 days, 100 miles, and 4 night hours on a sailing yacht
  • Theory to the level of Day Skipper. We recommend you complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course beforehand online, this is the most convenient way, or in the classroom. 
  • Minimum age – 16 years old

Next Steps:

Students who successfully complete the Day Skipper course are awarded the RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificate. There is no single exam during the course, rather it is a continuous learning and evaluative experience during the week. This course will also enable you to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This qualification is required by most European countries to validate your competence to charter a boat.

Recommended courses following your RYA Day Skipper Course:

RYA SRC Radio Course

RYA Diesel Engine course

RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory course (online or in a classroom)

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical course

Included Safety equipment

Accommodation on board in a shared cabin

Sheets, pillow cover, quick dry towel

Docking fees

Fuel, water

Teaching materials

RYA Certificate

Not included Food provisioning to share with other students

Transport to and from the school

Duration 5 Days
Bring along Please download “Joining Instructions” below



Minimum  3 Students – Maximum of 5

1450$ USD per person

414A Jolly Harbour, Antigua


Before participating in your RYA Day Skipper Practical course, we strongly advise you to do the theory course first:

Day Skipper theory Classroom or Online

Or try the RYA Day Skipper Combined Course that allows the students to complete both the RYA Day Skipper Practical + RYA Day Skipper Theory Classroom programs as one continuous learning experience:

  • Duration of the course: 9 days
  • Price: 1880$ USD


Another option is RYA Day Skipper Practical + RYA Day Skipper Theory Online:

  • Duration: 45h online + 5 days on board
  • Price: 1775$ USD