RYA Day Skipper Courses

This is the beginner′s skippering course. At this stage of your learning you will concentrate on the two most difficult aspects of skippering a yacht for the beginner: pilotage and boat handling. The Day Skipper course will show you the difference between being crew and being the person proactively in charge. The course introduces the problems and responsibilities of being in charge of a yacht and how to cope with common difficulties.

The Day Skipper Practical course will concentrate on entering and leaving harbors. This is what we call pilotage. Another aim of this course is to give the candidate confidence to handle one's vessel in confined spaces both under engine and sail. All this training will be undertaken never forgetting our main aim. The training described in the syllabus will take us into villages forgotten by time. You will practice coming along side fishing vessels in very rustic harbors. Our night sail will take you through some of the most ancient shipping lanes in the world.

The assumed knowledge is defined as basic navigation and sailing ability. The navigation should be that required to work out an Estimated Position, basic chart work and seamanship. The Day Skipper shore based course gives ideal training for this. Sailing ability can be defined as being able to sail around a triangular course, understanding different angles of sailing.

The candidate at the end of this course will be able to undertake short passages by day in familiar waters having listened to weather forecasts. This course is your gateway to wonderful new places, idyllic sunsets, anchoring in crystal clear waters, BBQ's in secluded bays and meetings with other fellow sailors.

The minimum age limit for award of a certificate is 18.

Day Skipper Syllabus
A comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship for Competent Crew. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to start making decisions on board.

  • Nautical terms
  • Rope work
  • Anchor work
  • Safety
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Definition of position, course and speed
  • Navigational charts and publications
  • Navigational drawing instruments
  • Compass
  • Chart work
  • Visual aids to navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Passage planning
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Marine environment

 Minimum 2 participants are required to set a course