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 $2595 (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.

Pre-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

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

Robert H, New Zealand
Day Skipper Course

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++

Andrew K
Day Skipper Course

Excellent journey

Excellent journey, I am planning to do this experience again.

Norberto B. Argentina
Day Skipper Course

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.

Colin A. New Zealand
Day Skipper Course

Continuous education

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.

Thomas A. Switzerland
Day Skipper Course

Exceeded expectations

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!

Jo M. New Zealand
Day Skipper Course


Legend. High level of knowledge. Professional and personable with great stories of his experience at sea. Made the course even better.

Dom B. New Zealand
Day Skipper Course

Wealth of knowledge

Great instructor. Very calm. Clear instructions. Wealth of knowledge. Great food. Good laughs. Always felt safe. Would recommend course to others.

Peter H. New Zealand
Day Skipper Course

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.

Paul A. New Zealand
Day 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.

Geoff C New Zealand
Day Skipper Course

Fantastic course.

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.

Malcolm, New Zealand
Day Skipper Course

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!

Malcolm, New Zealand
Day Skipper Course

Everything was perfect

Again, everything was perfect in this 2nd course I took at the Sail Nelson school.

Raoul, Switzerland
Day Skipper Course

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.

Chris, UK
Day Skipper Course

Lovely Boat

Good booking process, easy communication, good equipment on board, would recommend, lovely boat… this has really built my skill base…

Polly, UK
Day Skipper Course

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.

Jalen, Canada
Day Skipper Course

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.

Chris, UK
Day Skipper Course

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.

Fiona F. UK
Day Skipper Course

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

Tim R, UK
Day Skipper Course

Excellent teaching.

Had a very good time. Learnt a lot and Jiri increased my confidence with sailing massively. Excellent teaching.

Kurt L. UK
Day Skipper Course