Day Skipper Practical Course

A course for sailors with some yachting experience and theoretical knowledge 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 a five day live-aboard course and will be taken in tidal waters. 


Please note that in order to obtain maximum benefit from this course, you should have the practical experience described in the table below, along with theoretical knowledge to the standard of the RYA Day Skipper shorebased theory course, which should preferably 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

The Course Syllabus Includes:

  • 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