Duration: 5 days.

The RYA Day Skipper Course helps the students to develop and refine the skills to skipper a yacht by day in familiar waters.  Taking out the boat and learning to be responsible for the safety of crew and the yacht is the main focus of the Day Skipper Course.  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 practice 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.

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 own or charter a boat.

During this course you will be living on board, which will further enhance the experience as challenges often occur for skippers after a few days shared quarters at sea.  Included in the price of the course are on board accommodations in a shared cabin,  all safety equipment and didactic materials, mooring and port fees. We have a maximum of 5 students per instructor on our courses, which allows for both plenty of hands-on sailing time and individual attention from your instructor.

All our RYA courses are taught in English.  If you have any questions as to your level of knowledge of English, please contact us and we can assist you.  Specific nautical and sailing terms will be introduced and explained during the course, so highly technical vocabulary is not required prior to the course.

Monday to Friday: boarding at 09:00 on Monday to 17:00 on Friday

Two weekends: one long and one short, usually either (consult the schedule)

a) Friday evening at 19:00 to Sunday evening at 19:00, Thursday evening at 19:00 to Sunday evening at 17:00

b) Friday evening at 19:00 to Sunday evening at 17:00, Friday evening at 19:00 to Monday evening at 17:00

  • 5 days on board
  • 100 nautical miles
  • 4 night hours
  • Basic sailing ability
  • Knowledge of navigation to the level of Day Skipper Theory
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