RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

This is an RYA course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. The RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification is the sailing qualification that most charter companies, in the UK and europe require you to have before chartering a yacht. It is the first RYA skippering qualification.

RYA Day skipper at Largs on the Clyde
RYA Day skipper at Largs on the Clyde

You need to have already done a Competent Crew Course or be at Competent Crew level and you need to have completed the Day Skipper theory course or have navigational knowledge to that level before taking this course. This can be done online.

Accommodation and food are on board and we will aim to visit a different marina, harbour or anchorage each evening as we explore the Firth of Clyde. Regular destinations are Arran, Loch Fyne and the scenic Kyles of Bute.

You can book a single space, with a partner or friend or book the whole boat and fill 5 spaces. This course can be mixed with the RYA Competent Crew Course for those who wish to learn with a partner or friend who has done less sailing than themselves.

Pre-course experience: 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht. You should have completed the RYA Competent Crew course first.

Assumed knowledge: Theory to the level of Day Skipper. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper theory course beforehand but not necessary if you have some experience of navigation.

Minimum age: 18

Day Skipper course content: Maintenance and repair work, engines, victualing, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising.

Course starts: Sunday 19:30 @ Largs, Scotland.

The Day Skipper course can also be completed over 3 weekend cruises.