Day Skipper Practical Course

A course for sailors with some experience and navigation awareness who want to develop their skippering skills.


This course will give you the chance to take charge on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on boat handling, safety, seamanship, pilotage and navigation. The course is taken in tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.


Please note that in order to obtain maximum benefit from this course, you should have a reasonable knowledge of navigation and seamanship, to at least the standard of the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course. And preferably, the RYA Day Skipper theory course should be completed beforehand. We also offer the Day Skipper shore-based theory course as part of a two week onshore/offshore, combined theory and practical Day Skipper course.


For more information click on this link to the RYA's Day Skipper Web Page

Course contents include:

  • Preparation for sea

  • Deckwork 

  • Navigation

  • Pilotage

  • Meteorology

  • Rules of the road  

  • Maintenance and repair work  

  • Engines

  • Victualling

  • Emergency situations

  • Yacht handling under power  

  • Yacht handling under sail  

  • Passage making  

  • Night cruising