Novice to RYA Day Skipper

Novice to RYA Day Skipper

This Is by far our most popular course!  This intense course combines the RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper practical courses to offer the fastest route to chartering and skippering yachts in locations all over the world. 

Although no prior experience is required, many people who take this option already know that they will love being on a yacht. This course offers the very best value for money and is the fastest route to gaining the complete RYA Day Skipper qualification.This popular course is also the first module on our Professional Yachtmaster Fastrack Program so if you are looking to become a pro-sailor you are on the right tack with this course.

What experience do I need?

None – just a sense of humour and a desire to learn how to sail!  You must be over 16. 

What's covered on this course?

RYA Competent Crew:

In this first stage you'll get to know the yacht and learn how to be a useful member of crew on board. Your instructor will provide you with a basic knowledge of how things work. You'll get a chance to practice some rope work, helm the boat and learn about the equipment that helps to keep you safe. You'll also be introduced to important 'rules of the road' and man overboard recovery techniques.
After five days on board you'll have first-hand experience of how a yacht is managed and you'll be ready to start learning how to take charge yourself.

RYA Day Skipper Theory:

With a taste for sailing, you'll then spend four days in our Gibraltar classroom. You'll cover the basics of navigation – including tidal calculations, chart reading and navigation, collision regulations, meteorology and electronic navigational aids. At the end of the course, you'll be well prepared to take the RYA Day Skipper theory tests.  You will need to bring a notepad, a 2B pencil, a rubber and a pen with you.

RYA Day Skipper Practical (tidal):

After completing the theory element, you'll re-join a yacht to put it all into practice over the final five days. Under the guidance of our RYA instructor, you'll take on all aspects of skippering the yacht – including sail trim, stern-to mooring, pilotage, passage planning, anchoring and safety management on board. As part of the course, you'll have the chance to develop your leadership skills by taking charge of a short passage. But don't worry, our instructor will remain on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety.

What's included?

  • Accommodation on board throughout the whole course
  • Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals – during the practical course
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Bedding and towels
  • Safety equipment  
  • Mooring fees & Fuel
  • All charts and publications
  • RYA Competent Crew Course
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory course
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical course


Upon successful completion you will be awarded the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper Theory & Practical (tidal) certificates. The Day Skipper practical certificate also enables you to apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) to enable you to charter a yacht internationally.

Course schedule:

Sunday 20:00 onwards until Sunday 16:30 (14 Days).  Accommodation on board is included from Sunday evening prior to the start of the course.

Saturday 09:30 until Friday 16:30 (14 Days).  Accommodation on board is included from Friday evening prior to the start of the course.

IMPORTANT: If opting for the Saturday start you will start the course with 4 days in the classroom followed by 10 consecutive days on the water.  You should only consider this option if you have prior sailing experience. 

Course cost: 

Low Season (1st November - 31st March):  £1299

High Season (1st April - 31st October): £1399

Option for own cabin:

To guarantee your own cabin for the duration of your course, please select available dates below

Low Season (1st November - 31st March):  £1699

High Season (1st April - 31st October): £1799

How to book:

It's easy!  Just select the course date you want below.  Click on book, confirm that this is the course and date that you want and then complete your details on our secure online booking system.  A 25% deposit is all that's needed, with the balance payable 30 days before your course starts. 

What's next?

Being a qualified Day Skipper will allow you to charter yachts all around the world and sail within the charter company's specified range from a safe haven. Although this is enough for many people, the next step is the RYA Coastal Skipper Combined course or our Extended Yachtmaster Preparation Course.  The RYA Coastal Skipper qualification will allow you to undertake more difficult/longer passages by day and night, handle the yacht in more demanding conditions and progress along your journey to RYA Yachtmaster Offshore.

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Have a Question?

If you have any questions please email us or call on +44 7925 784407 or see our Frequently Asked Questions.