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.
NZD $1995 (fully inclusive)
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 shore-based course. It’s important that you have a reasonable knowledge of navigation theory, rules of the road and lights, shapes and sound signals.
- 5 days,
- 300 miles,
- 4 night hours
- Basic navigation and helmsmanship
- It is recommended that you attend the RYA Day Skipper Theory shorebased course beforehand
- 5 days
- Preparation for sea,
- deck work,
- rules of the road,
- maintenance and repair work,
- 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
What people have said about our Day Skipper Course
Really relaxed vibes
Really relaxed vibes and learnt heaps. Food was bloody good too. Covered everything. Heaps of fun
Kat is a great instructor, really friendly and patient
Kat is a great instructor, really friendly and patient, happy to go over things again and explore beyond what’s currently being taught. I took this course to get a crew cert to use while crewing deliveries. I learnt so many things and how much more there is to learn A++
Excellent journey, I am planning to do this experience again.
Fantastic. First class in all areas
Fantastic. First class in all areas. Very Encouraging, never a cross word. Positive and Kat knew her subject extremely well.
Very helpful to sail for a week with continuous education. Because of his great experience and calm Dave allowed us to have a go at everything without causing anxiety.
Exceeded expectations. Dave is an excellent tutor. Thorough, patient, fun and with an enormous bank of experience from which to draw on to illustrate his teaching. If you want to improve your sailing skills – or a beginner – you can’t go wrong with this course. It is so informative, pitched to whatever level and great fun. Don’t hesitate – just do it!
Legend. High level of knowledge. Professional and personable with great stories of his experience at sea. Made the course even better.
Wealth of knowledge
Great instructor. Very calm. Clear instructions. Wealth of knowledge. Great food. Good laughs. Always felt safe. Would recommend course to others.
Very knowledgeable skipper
Excellent course providing practical experience by a very knowledgeable skipper who tailored content to each individual…..look forward to the Coastal Skipper course.
Very informative course
Very informative course. Been sailing part time for years – great to be on a course learning so much as refresher and new knowledge.
Fantastic course. Highly recommended for anyone contemplating keel boat sailing or ownership. Dave is a perfect tutor, mixing patience with calm throughout and revealing the simplicity in every aspect.
An inspirational teacher. And a mean cook!
Had a lot of fun and really felt like skills and confidence improved over the week. Dave is hugely knowledgeable and calm under pressure – an inspirational teacher. And a mean cook!
Everything was perfect
Again, everything was perfect in this 2nd course I took at the Sail Nelson school.
Couldn’t have asked for better
Really thorough and well taught course which will give me all the tools to sail better & safer. Couldn’t have asked for better.
Good booking process, easy communication, good equipment on board, would recommend, lovely boat… this has really built my skill base…
Everything was spot on
Everything was spot on. Dave could not have been a better instructor. He was constantly teaching and sharing knowledge. Cannot get across just how helpful Dave was.
A very good week
A very good week, great sailing, beautiful area. The instruction was excellent, I have learnt a lot through the course and greatly enjoyed it.
Calm, knowledgeable and a brilliant teacher…
I booked this course to gain experience, having already qualified as a Day Skipper. Jiri was excellent. Calm, knowledgeable and a brilliant teacher…. He made the week excellent.
Jiri is an exceptional instructor
Jiri is an exceptional instructor who instructed everyone on board (various levels) to a superb level. The instruction was extremely motivational and inspiring. A very amiable and personable young man
Had a very good time. Learnt a lot and Jiri increased my confidence with sailing massively. Excellent teaching.