RYA Day Skipper Practical Course
If you have either done the Competent Crew course, or already have 5 days on board a yacht and have sailed over 100 sea miles then why not start to take charge of the yacht. The RYA Day Skipper sailing course is designed to teach you to lead/skipper a yacht on short passages by day.
The RYA Day Skipper sailing courses a great blend of practical sailing and the theory that you learnt during the Day skipper Theory course. You will predominantly learn and at the end of the course demonstrate an ability to safely skipper a yacht. Over the course you will cover some vital areas such as safely running through a Man Over Board (MOB) procedure, efficiently leading a team through sailing manoeuvres and safely moor a yacht in a range of conditions. All in all a lot of fun!
* Gain experience of Skippering yachts,
* Entry can be gained with Level 2 dinghy/keelboat certificate,
* Qualification enables you to charter yachts in the Med,
* Advantage of an experienced skipper, there to answer your questions,
* Minimum 5 days sailing,
* Can be done over weekends,
* Non Tidal Day Skipper sailing courses available in the Mediterranean
* Tidal Day Skipper sailing courses available abroad in places like the Canaries, Caribbean, Thailand and Australia
|Pre-course experience||5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht|
|Assumed knowledge||Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand|
|Minimum duration||5 days, 3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days|
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Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below.
Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit
Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge
Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
Understands the use of leading and clearing lines.
Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage
Knows sources of forecast information
Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid
Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks
Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes
Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system
Understands how to victual a yacht
Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
Understands how to secure a tow
Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
Can bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew
Once you’ve done the day RYA Day Skipper Course and got the certificate you can start to charter yachts in many countries, including the very popular Mediterranean. We do advice that you contact the RYA and use your Day Skipper certificate to get your ICC. This is an internationally recognised certificate, prooving your competence to charter a yacht.
If you’re looking to progress up the RYA courses then the next step is back to the classroom for the Yachtmaster theory course, which can be done over weekends, 5 days or online. After that you can progress onto the RYA Coastal Skipper Course.
The RYA Day Skipper course can be done in both tidal (e.g. UK or Canaries) and non-tidal (Mediterranean countries) areas. The UK is a great place to do it with most courses being run from the Solent area (Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth). If you’re looking for a bit of warm relaxing sailing then Greece, Croatia and Turkey are all great locations. You can escape the UK winter with warmer and tidal sailing locations such as Gibraltar, Canaries, Caribbean or the slightly more exotic Thailand/Malaysia. For those going far out you can also do the RYA Day Skipper Course in Australia or Phuket, Thailand between April and October. The Canaries is a fairly fail safe year round tidal destination with good winds nearly guranteed.
Day Skipper Course Packages