Skipper your own sailboat or charter a yacht. This course can be run in tidal or non-tidal waters and the practical course will be endorsed accordingly.
The RYA Day Skipper theory and Day Skipper practical combination course is run over a minimum of 9 days, allowing you to put the theory into practice immediately. You can choose to do this course in either tidal or non-tidal waters and the licence will then be endorsed accordingly. This course is ideal for those that have completed the Competent Crew course and wish to attain their Day Skipper license quickly in order to charter a yacht.
Min Age: 16
Previous Experience Required
5 days at sea, 100 miles and preferably 4 night hours sailing on board a yacht
- Preparing a yacht for sea
- Reefing and changing sails
- Essential coastal navigaton
- Position fixing
- Plotting a course to steer
- Tidal theory and practical if sailing in tidal waters. If not, you will only do the theory of tides.
- The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at sea
- Maintenance, repairs and engine checks
- Emergency situations
- Handling a yacht under sail and power
- Helming and trimming sails effectively
- Passage planning
- Night cruising and pilotage
- Anchoring and mooring
Abilities gained after the course
You will be able to skipper a yacht in daylight hours and familiar waters, ensuring the safety of the crew and the yacht at all times. On successful completion you will have both the theory certificate and practical licence.
This licence enables you to apply for the International Certificate of Competence but nationality restrictions do apply.
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