RYA Day Skipper Practical Sailing Course

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all  goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.

If it’s help with navigation that you need, you should take our Day Skipper shorebased course.

A typical course may include passages from Cardiff to any of the following destinations: Newport, Barry, Swansea, Portishead, Clevedon, Weston Super Mare, Porlock, the islands of Flatholme, Steepholme and Lundy.


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
Minimum age 16
Course content Preparation for sea, deck work, 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


The Day Skipper course is run in tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.


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