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RYA Day Skipper Combined

9 Day (Theory & Practical Sail Combined): £970.00

The RYA Day Skipper combined shorebased and practical course runs for 9 days and is for aspiring skippers who have some yachting experience, with basic navigation and sailing ability.

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.

Your course will commence in our waterside classroom on Saturday morning at 0930 for 4 days where you will receive a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. 

You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to start making decisions on board. This part of the course is non-residential (local accommodation can be recommended) and will finish at approximately 1700 Tuesday.



The next 5 days of your course is residential and full board. You will join the yacht by 2030 on Tuesday evening and start to put the shorebased elements of the course you have learned over the previous 4 days into practice. You will be taken through all safety checks and familiarisation  of the yacht before setting sail by mid-morning the next day and returning to the marina at approximately 1600 Sunday afternoon.

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.




Suggested Previous Experience

You should already know how to sail, be able to sail a triangular course 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.


Course Content

You will be coached over the full RYA syllabus.

The first four days of your course are non-residential (local accommodation is available). On the final 5 days all your meals and accommodation will be provided while living aboard our highly equipped yachts.

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.


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 for the week or weekend.
  • Overnight accommodation (various options locally from £35 per night)



RYA Day Skipper Tidal Shorebased and Practical Sail Certificate


Next Step

RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased Course


Day Skipper Practical Tidal 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.


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.


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.

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.


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


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.

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