5 days (Sunday to Friday) or 3 weekends or one 3 day weekend and 1 standard weekend Previous Experience Required:
5 days aboard, 100 miles logged and 4 night hours. Basic sailing ability and a knowledge of navigation to the level of the RYA Day Skipper Theory
Practical navigation and pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and basic skippering techniques enabling you to skipper a boat in local waters in daylight
Click here to view full course syllabus for the Day Skipper course
3 Weekend Package
High Season (Apr - Sep): £630
Low Season (Oct - Mar): £570
Weekends can be booked individually at a charge of £229 in high season and £199 in low season.
One 3 day Bank Holiday weekend and 1 standard weekend £630 or
One 3 day weekend and 1 standard weekend (Apr - Sep): £599
High Season (Apr - Sep): £530
Low Season (Oct - Mar): £499
Skippering a yacht for the first time can be a daunting yet exhilarating experience. The RYA Day Skipper practical course is designed to teach you to "Take Charge" safely and confidently. A skipper does much more than navigate. They are responsible for the complete safety and wellbeing of the yacht and crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage.
Your experienced and patient instructor will teach you these skills and you will put them into practice as you skipper the yacht on short passages around the Solent. There is particular emphasis on boat handling for Day Skippers and during the course you will practice mooring under various conditions. Students live aboard for the duration of the course and visit many different harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques which, like boat handling, is an essential skill for the aspiring skipper. You will complete at least 4 night hours sailing to experience night pilotage and identify lights.
At the end of the RYA Day Skipper course you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day. Students who successfully complete the Day Skipper course are awarded the RYA Day Skipper practical course completion certificate and can charter from the school.
This course will also enable you to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This qualification is required by most European countries to validate your competence to own or charter a boat. The ICC, obtained by presenting your RYA Day Skipper certificate, will cover sailing yachts up to 24 metres in length in coastal waters. If you are looking for a commercial endorsement you will also need to complete the PPR course.
Itinerary: Weekends: 1830 Friday until approximately 1600 on the last day. Weeks: 1830 on the first day until approximately 1600 on the final day. Click here for an example schedule of how you will spend the week or weekend
What's Included: All food except the evening of joining, wet weather gear, sleeping bag with liner and pillow and accommodation onboard. Mooring fees are an extra and we suggest that you budget ampproximately £15 per weekend and £20 for 3 and 5 day courses. For details of what you should bring please refer to the FAQ's section.
Support Courses: VHF Radio, RYA First Aid, RYA Diesel Engine
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Next Step: After completing the Day Skipper practical course it is really worthwhile consolidating what you have learnt by completing some more sea miles. This could be achieved by chartering a yacht from us, joining a distance cruise or just coming along for another week or weekend of refresher/consolidation training. Following this you should look to join the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Course
Course Dates: This course is run EVERY WEEK (Sunday evening - Friday afternoon) and EVERY WEEKEND (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon) of the year. Please call us for latest availability. Alternatively there is the option to complete the course over five days from Tuesday evening-Sunday afternoon (see dates below) or over one three day weekend (see dates below) plus one standard weekend (available every weekend).
| 5 Day Courses starting Tuesday evening - Sunday afternoon
|18th - 23th February
||17th - 22nd June
||16th - 21st September
|18th - 23rd March
||15th - 20th July
||21st - 26th October
|22nd - 27th April
||12th - 17th August
||11th - 16th November
|27th May - 1st June
||26th - 31st August
5 Day courses starting Sunday evening - Friday afternoon are available every week of the year. Call for latest availability.
|14th - 17th February
||24th - 26th May*
||22nd - 25th August*
|14th - 17th March
||13th - 16th June
||12th - 15th September
|18th - 21st April*
||11th - 14th July
||17th - 20th October
|2nd - 5th May*
||8th - 11th August
*Bank Holiday Weekends
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