RYA Day Skipper Practical Yachting Course

The RYA Day Skipper Course is suitable for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.

Before this course, if you are not sure that your sailing is up to speed, a good way to learn is on a dinghy sailing course. This will teach you to sail around a course and control the boat’s speed.

If it is help with navigation that you need, we recommend that you do a Day Skipper shorebased course. It’s important that you have a reasonable knowledge of navigation theory, rules of the road and lights, shapes and sound signals.

RYA Day Skipper course, New ZealandPre-course experience:
  • 5 days,
  • 300 miles,
  • 4 night hours
Assumed knowledge:
  • Basic navigation and helmsmanship
  • It is recommended that you attend the RYA Day Skipper Theory shorebased course beforehand
Minimum duration:
  • 5 days
Minimum age:
  • 16yrs
Course content:
  • Preparation for sea,
  • deck work,
  • navigation,
  • pilotage,
  • meteorology,
  • rules of the road,
  • maintenance and repair work,
  • engines,
  • victualling,
  • emergency situations,
  • yacht handling under power,
  • yacht handling under sail,
  • passage making,
  • night cruising
Ability after the RYA course:

Able to skipper a small yacht on short day passages in familiar waters

Price: $1995 inc taxes.


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Not the course for you? Head back to the RYA Cruising Scheme Explained page.