The RYA Day Skipper training course provides you with the necessary skills to Skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day, testing your basic navigation, pilotage and sailing skills whilst taking charge of the yacht and crew. Perfect for anyone looking to charter a yacht or aspiring to purchase their own boat in the near future.
Ideally candidates will already hold the RYA Competent Crew certificate and have basic knowledge of navigation and sailing theory gained from the RYA theory courses.
The Day Skipper training week is a 5 day residential sailing course. Whilst learning to sail at our sailing school in Spain you will gain a greater understanding of navigation, buoyage, colregs (IRPCS) and passage planning. To achieve this, your sailing theory must already be at Day Skipper level and remember - good Skippers lead by example and to earn the respect of your crew you will need to have basic skills in sail handling, trimming, wind awareness and the ability to tack and gybe efficiently. It is these skills that are taught in the RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew courses providing secure foundations to your sailing career.
Those without previous experience may wish to consider our Day Skipper Fastrack sailing course, three courses rolled into one taking you through the initial steps of sailing larger yachts, to navigation and sailing theory before finally putting it all into practice with the fully accredited RYA Day Skipper practical qualification.
Good Skippers are like good managers, they keep their cool when things aren't going 100% to plan, clear communication and command skills will be required to resolve the situation. Congratulations - Having taken on this challenging role you have added building blocks to your sailing foundations. There are still plenty more blocks to add and this is just the start of your learning curve, but you are well on your way to becoming a competent and respected sailor.
On successful completion of the tidal Day Skipper course, students can apply for an ICC which may be required on Mediterranean sailing holidays and yacht charters. For those looking to further their sailing career, its back out onto the water to gain quality sea miles before taking the intermediate level RYA Coastal Skipper courses. Interested in joining our sailing milebuilders or adventure cruises to gain those miles and experience, just let Debbie know your interested and we´ll keep you posted with upcoming adventures...
To complement your new RYA qualification, why not attend the VHF radio and First Aid courses, helping to make your time afloat safer.
Learn to sail in Spain and Portugal, improve and acquire new skills, visit new destinations and meet like minded people and when your ready with few more miles under the keel we hope to welcome you back for the RYA Coastal Skipper Course or Yachtmaster Coastal assessment.
Ready to step up and take command of your vessel? Contact us to book your place or for more information.