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RYA Day Skipper

2 Day Weekend: £305.00

3 Day Weekend: £415.00

5 Days: £685.00

The 5 day, RYA Day Skipper Sailing practical course is for aspiring skippers who have some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing ability.


Suggested Previous Experience

You should already know how to sail and have;

  • 5 days aboard a yacht
  • 100 nautical miles logged
  • 4 night hours

Your knowledge of coastal navigation and meteorology should be to the standard of Day Skipper shorebased course.


You should be able to sail around a triangular course and control boat speed and if gybing is still a surprise, then you need more practice.

You will be coached over the full RYA Day Skipper syllabus as you live aboard one of the school owned yachts and all your meals will be provided for the duration of the course. Each trainee skipper will be asked to skipper the yacht on a short passage. The instructor will be on hand to give advice and encouragement, ensuring that your destination is reached safely.

The essential element is that you experience being in charge, taking the credit when all goes well and also being responsible when it does not. The end of each day is usually spent around the chart discussing the passages and gaining from each other's experience. At the end of the course you should achieve a level of seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.


Course Options

  • Five day course

Five consecutive days on board, commencing at 2030 hours on Sunday or Tuesday evenings.

  • Two weekends

Cover the 5 day course over two weekends

- 3 day weekend: commencing Friday at 2030h and ending approximately 1700h Monday

- 2 day weekend: commencing Friday at 2030h and ending approximately 1700h Sunday.

  • Three weekends

3 two day weekends, commencing Friday evenings at 2030 h finishing approximately Sunday at 1700.

9 Days (Theory & Practical Combined): £970.00

  • Combined

A 9 day combined Day Skipper shorebased and practical course. First 4 days are spent learning the theory in the classroom (non-residential) followed by the remaining 5 days on board (residential) putting into practice what was learnt ashore whilst it is still fresh in your mind.



Other dates may also be available, please check with our administration team. 

2 day weekend

29 September '17Places
06 October '17Places
20 October '17Places
27 October '17Places

3 day weekend

29 September '17Places
29 September '17Places
06 October '17Places
20 October '17Places
27 October '17Places

5 days

08 October '17Places
22 October '17Places
29 October '17Places

9 days


This course conforms to the MCA standards for sail training. The full course syllabus is found in RYA logbook G15 available from our office or eBay shop.



RYA Day Skipper Tidal Practical Sail Certificate.


Next Step

RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Course


Optional Extras

  • Musto Waterproofs (wet weather gear) £30 per week/£20 per weekend
  • 'Comfort Pack' - this comprises a freshly laundered sleeping bag, pillow, pillow case and towel. £15.00 for the week or weekend.


RYA Day Skipper Practical Syllabus

  • Preparation for sea

Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below.

  • Deck work

Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions. Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth.

  • Navigation

Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including: Taking and plotting visual fixes; Working up DR and EP; Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing; Use of waypoints; Knowledge of IALA buoyage; Estimating tidal heights and streams; Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift; Maintenance of navigational records; Use of echo sounder and lead line.

  • Pilotage

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.

  • Meteorology

Knows sources of forecast information. Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid.

  • Rule of the road

Has a working knowledge of the I.R.P.C.S.

  • Maintenance and repair work

Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks. Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic ropes.

  • Engines

Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and how to bleed the fuel system.

  • Victualling

Understands how to victual a yacht.

  • Emergency situations

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 radio telephone and send a distress message. Understands how to secure a tow. Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.

  • Yacht handling under power

Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide.

  • Yacht handling under sail

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 steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing.

  • Passage making

Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and strength of the crew. Do not forget your passport.

East Anglian Sea School Ltd.
Tel: 01473 659992    Email: sales@eastanglianseaschool.com