RYA Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper

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.

We run the RYA Day Skipper course as a 7 day extended course,  mid week 5-day course or over a 2-day weekend and a 3-day weekend from our base in Hamble.  Enjoy sailing the sheltered waters of the Solent during your course.  Our Extended 7 day course allows additional time to complete your course and visit ports and harbours further afield than you might do during a 5 day course.

RYA Day Skipper

Useful literature

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes 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 if you would like to order a copy when you are booking your course.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

We have a list of other sailing books you might find interesting.

RYA Theory Course Videos

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and Equinox Sailing Manual to accompany all our theory courses.

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.

If you are planning to charter with your RYA Day Skipper certificate we would recommend checking with your charter company to ensure that they accept the RYA Day Skipper certificate as evidence of competence. Some charter companies may insist on a ICC (International Certificate of Competency). If this is the case, your RYA Day Skipper certificate can be used to gain the ICC.  Please visit our ICC page to download the ICC application form.

If you haven't chartered a boat before have a look at our Chartering a yacht for the first time blog post for useful information on the charter process – from helping you to choose a yacht to what should be included in charter handover.

Course Details

Previous experience required Basic sailing and theory knowledge to RYA Day Skipper Theory standard
Extended 7 Day £700
Mid Week Courses £500 October – April, £525 May – September
Weekend Courses £575

Available Dates

Available dates

To Book

Booking Form

Included on course

RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 2 evening meals. An RYA Log book is available for a nominal fee.

To enable you to fully enjoy the course, you will require wet weather gear; a sleeping bag and pillow will also be required. Refer to our comprehensive kit list.

Short on time?

If you're short on time, why not try our Intensive Day Skipper course that combines RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical into one course.

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?

Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?

Learn more about the skipper and crew development courses we offer.

RYA Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

Contact Us

If you have any other questions please contact us or check out our FAQ page.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?