RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Syllabus

The RYA Day Skipper Course is intended to teach; pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day.

Preparation for sea

  • Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below

Deck work


Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including:

  • Taking and plotting visual fixes
  • Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
  • Use of waypoints
  • Working up DR and EP
  • Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
  • Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift
  • Knowledge of IALA buoyage
  • Maintenance of navigational records (Logbook)
  • Use of echo sounder and lead line


  • Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
  • Understands the use of leading and clearing lines
  • Use of transits and soundings as aids to pilotage


Rule of the road

Maintenance and repair work


  • Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system


Emergency situations

Yacht handling under power

  • Can bring a boat safely to and from and alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide

Yacht handling under sail

Passage making

  • Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew

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If you have any questions about the RYA Day Skipper course or would like to check availability please contact us on 07925 784407 or info@jollyparrot.co.uk.

You may also be interested in reading the RYA Competent Crew Syllabus.