Unsure how to go about getting your RYA Day Skipper?
After a number of disappointing summers, finally we get a few months of good weather, allowing us to enjoy sailing without the need of our oil skins.
For many people they will have set their sights on doing their RYA Day Skipper next season after successfully completing the RYA Competent Crew course, enjoying some cruising or perhaps enjoyed an overseas sailing trip in the Med.
The RYA Day Skipper can be broken down into two parts, RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical.
Once completed, the RYA Day Skipper course is an entry level certificate of competency and allows the individual to charter a boat.
RYA Day Skipper Theory
A course designed to give you the theoretical knowledge of safety, seamanship, navigation, weather, and ‘rules of the road’. This course is a great way to spend the winter months before the sailing season starts next year. The course can be attended as a classroom-based course run over 8 evenings and a weekend, or as an online course. The online Day Skipper theory course is becoming increasingly popular as it allows the student the flexibility to study at their own pace and from their own chosen location.
For more details please visit or RYA Day Skipper Theory page on our website.
RYA Day Skipper Practical
Once you have completed your RYA Day Skipper Theory, it is time to think about your RYA Day Skipper practical course. Run over 5 days it takes the theory you learnt in the class room and applies it to real situations experienced when sailing. You will soon learn plotting a 3 point fix in the comfort of your living room is much easier than on a moving boat.
It is a tough course that tests not only your knowledge of the topics covered in the RYA Day Skipper Theory course, but teaches you boat handling skills such as how to safely bring a boat in and out of a marina and what to do in the event of an emergency. To participate in the RYA Day Skipper practical course a students’ sailing skills should be at a competent level, for some a RYA Competent Crew course is enough, for others it may be a good idea to spend some time learning to sail or refreshing your skills before attempting the course.
For more details please visit or RYA Day Skipper page on our website.
Ways to get more sailing experience
Yacht or dinghy racing can be a great way to improve your skills and to put into practice the ones you already have. Day Skippers can practice their trim, and gain experience using a spinnaker, while gaining lots of experience in a short amount of time. We race regularly so if you’re interested visit our Yacht Racing page for more details about getting started.
Join a sailing club
Find a local club and get involved, boats owners are always looking for enthusiastic crew and many clubs are looking for Skippers to become part of club events. Dinghy sailing is a great way to improve your sailing skills as you have to rely on your senses rather instruments so it becomes natural allowing you to enjoy it more and concentrate on other areas perhaps like navigation and crew management.