Bring it together with RYA Day Skipper

The RYA Day Skipper sailing course runs over five days and is for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills, leaving you able to safely skipper a boat in familiar waters. You will need knowledge of navigation theory to Day Skipper theory level before taking this practical course. The course runs over five days, which can either be all together or you can split them over two weekends (two and three days). Please contact us about split weekend dates.

We also offer RYA Day Skipper as Teen sails exclusively for 16 and 17 year olds (the RYA minimum age for Day Skipper is 16).

“Experienced, knowledgeable and confident instructor. Calm and collected which helped with the process of learning and taking in all the information. Also felt very free and comfortable on-board making it much more enjoyable. Jalapeno is a beautiful boat. Loved sailing her.”

“You understand people and sailing – a combination that makes for excellent instruction. It did feel like a mini community for the 5 days, I think you are doing great.”

Courses run from Itchenor in Chichester harbour.

Prices for the full five days are £540 March-April and October or £599 May-September; inclusive of food onboard, visitor moorings and wet weather gear.

Assumed knowledge: Basic sailing ability and navigation to RYA Day Skipper shorebased level. Take our fun Day Skipper Knowledge Self Test to check if you have the assumed knowledge.

Ability after course: To skipper a yacht you are familiar with in waters you are familiar with by day.


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
  • By the end of the course you will be able to skipper a yacht you are familiar with in waters you are familiar with by day.

This chartlet gives an idea of the sailing area we have to choose from during this trip. The shelter afforded by the Isle of Wight keeps many options open with plenty of anchorages and marinas to choose from.

Frequently asked questions

Please see our FAQ for tips on what to bring and what to expect.

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If you want to talk to one of our instructors or have a more general enquiry either call (+44) 07576 248 348 or fill in the form below.
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