October RYA Day Skipper
Mecury Yacht Harbour
Satchell Lane, Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4HQ
Becoming a skipper is a challenge. Managing your crew, planning your passage and making the correct decisions become easier with practice. By taking your RYA Day Skipper practical course you can learn the skills necessary to skipper a yacht by day in familiar waters.
For a more detailed look at the course please have a look at Is the RYA Day Skipper course right for me?
RYA Day Skipper Course Content
Put your theory into practice and learn to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day. Learn to leave and return from your berth safely, anchoring, picking up a mooring buoy, recover a man over board, navigation, and safety on board a yacht. Hone your sailing skills, experience sailing at night and enjoy sailing to a different port each evening.
Join the boat on the first day, meet your instructor and crew, and after a safety briefing set off returning on the last day.
The RYA Competent Crew Skills is a useful book both during the course and as an aide memoire after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking. We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.
After your course
You will be able to skipper a small yacht by day in familiar waters. Upon successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper course you will have gained a recognised qualification which is accepted in a number of countries as confirmation of your competence to charter a boat.
Previous experience required Basic sailing and theory knowledge to RYA Day Skipper Theory standard
Duration 5 days over 2 weekends
Max instructor ratio 5:1
Your certificate will be gained after 5 days over 2 weekends.
Meals ashore and mooring fees, which are split between the students, are not included.
Included on courseRYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, and RYA log book.
Short on time?
Wondering what to do next?
Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster Theory course.
Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.
Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?
Learn more about the skipper and crew development courses we offer.
RYA Specialist Courses
- RYA VHF Course
- RYA First Aid
- RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety
- RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
- RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.
Who are the RYA?
Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?