RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

Course information


5 days

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

RYA Day Skipper Practical is a course for those who are ready for more responsibility. It gives you the skills to skipper your own boat safely and confidently on tidal and non – tidal waters.

If you’re planning a flotilla holiday or bareboat charter holiday, this is the course for you. With tuition from our highly qualified Instructors, this course has long been one of our most popular. In five days we’ll teach you the skills to skipper a cruising yacht.

Although this is a more demanding course than Competent Crew, we’ll make time for swimming, sunbathing, and a few good bottles of wine along the way.

What You’ll Learn

Day Skipper teaches you the skills you’ll need to skipper a small yacht by day. It’s a fairly intense course, covering navigation, passage planning, practical pilotage, seamanship and boat-handling, including ‘Med’-mooring – everything you need to become a confident skipper. Just think how you’ll feel bringing your own yacht into the harbour…

No Exams!

There is no written examination for this course. Assessment is based on how well you have performed your practical and navigation tasks during your time on board. If your instructor is satisfied that you are competent and safe to take a small yacht out to sea in calm conditions, you will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Practical photo-ID certificate, which can be used to charter a yacht in most areas of the world.  You may also be eligible to convert this to an ICC (International Certificate of Competence) depending on your citizenship and residency.



What It Costs

From 1150 EUR to 1375 EUR depending on the time of year and whether you are coming alone or with a partner or friend who will share your cabin *. This price includes absolutely everything except getting to us and evening meals, which are taken in local tavernas ashore.

On our yachts you’ll get freshly laundered linen & towels, good pillows, and bedding. We can lend you a breathable waterproof jacket and your Competent Crew course book and an RYA Logbook are included in the price.

* we never expect you to share a cabin with someone you don’t know – or to sleep in the saloon! You’ll get a proper cabin.


Find Out More

We have a 5-page course guide covering in detail what to expect on your course and, most importantly, what the prerequisite theory and practical knowledge is. We recommend you read this as it includes answers to the most commonly asked questions.  Download our guide to The RYA Day Skipper Course

Want to Read Up Before you Come on Your Course?

Your RYA course book is included in the price and you’ll be given a copy when you meet your instructor. But, if you’d like to have a look beforehand, there is an e-book available from the RYA shop. Just click on the link below to order your copy.

Buy RYA Day Skipper Handboook Sail (eBook) at the RYA Shop

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