9 Day Combined Day Skipper – All in One Go!


The Day Skipper Course is conducted on board a Cruising Yacht (7-13m LOA) & in the classroom, to teach pilotage, navigation, 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 Details

Duration: 9 days Maximum 4/5 students per course.

Price: £700 / £750 / £795 depending on time of year (low season: Nov to March, mid season: Sept / Oct & April / May, high season: June to August).

Previous experience required:

  • 5 days aboard
  • 100 miles logged
  • 4 night hours
  • Minimum age 16

Course Content:

Navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and skippering techniques, safety procedures and Collision regulations.

If you don’t have a great deal of holiday time, then this may be the course for you. The Day Skipper combined Practical/Theory Course is designed to teach you how to skipper and navigate a small yacht by day in familiar waters safely and confidently. The course takes place over 2 weekends and 5 days, the first weekend is spent in the classroom learning the essentials of navigation and seamanship before spending the next 5 days at sea putting into practice what is learnt in the classroom. There is particular emphasis on boat handling for Day Skippers and during the 5 days at sea you will practice mooring under various conditions of wind and tide.  Students live aboard for the duration of the practical stage and visit many different harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques.  You will complete up to 4 hours of night sailing to experience night pilotage and identifying lights. The final weekend is again in the classroom and is  used to consolidate the course before taking the theory exam on the final day.

What’s  Included:

  • Instruction
  • Shorebased Pack including theory book
  • Accommodation whilst on Yacht
  • All Snacks & meals except one evening meal taken ashore
  • Mooring fees
  • Gas & fuel
  • Use of LifeJackets
  • Loan of Waterproofs
  • Free secure car parking

What’s Not Inclued:

  • Accommodation during the theory phase
  • One evening meal (eaten ashore)

To assist you in your course you may wish to purchase a Day Skipper Practical  book from us (the RYA Day Skipper Theory book is included).

Students who successfully complete the 9 day combined Day Skipper course are awarded the Day Skipper completion certificate for practical and theory will be qualified to charter yachts and can obtain an ICC.