Key Facts

| Course | Who is it for? | How long is it? | | -------------------- | -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | ------------------- | | Day Skipper Express | For those with some sailing experience | 5 day course | | Day Skipper Fastrack | For those with no previous sailing experience | 2 week course | | Other Information | Requires online study before attending. Ideal for those with limited time availability | |

RYA Day Skipper Express

| | | | --------------------- | --------------------------------------------------------- | | Day Skipper Express | Price: Low Season (November - April) 1035 Euro | | Day Skipper Express | Price: High Season (May - October) 1130 Euro | | Pre-course experience | Dinghy sailing or RYA Competent Crew | | Online Study | RYA Day Skipper theory exam to be completed before course | | Minimum duration | 5 days | | Minimum age | 16 |

RYA Day Skipper Fastrack

| Header | Header | | --------------------- | --------------------------------------------------------- | | Day Skipper Fastrack | Price: Low Season (November - April) 1645 Euro | | Day Skipper Fastrack | Price: High Season (May - October) 1845 Euro | | Pre-course experience | None required | | Online Study | RYA Day Skipper theory exam to be completed before course | | Minimum duration | 2 weeks | | Minimum age | 16 |

Introduction

Day Skipper Express

Our Day Skipper Express course is made of 2 modules:

  • Day Skipper Theory (on-line study)
    • The Day Skipper theory (on-line study) should be completed on-line, before arriving at Go-n-Sail where the practical part of the course takes place afloat in Spain and takes 5 days. The theory course takes around 45 hours of study and is suitable for the beginner. This course is delivered using our on-line training partner Navathome.
  • Day Skipper practical (afloat)
    • The practical part of the course is designed for the people that have some sailing knowledge, i.e. are dinghy sailors or have done the Competent Crew course.
  • Time Required
    • 45 hours home study prior to practical course
    • 1 week (5 days) residential, afloat with Go-n-Sail

Day Skipper Fastrack

Our Day Skipper Fastrack course consists of 3 modules

  • Day Skipper Theory (on-line study)
  • Competent Crew (Practical)
  • Day Skipper practical (Practical).

This course is designed for the novice with no previous sailing experience. We will teach you everything you need to know in order to give you the confidence and experience to hire/charter your own yacht and keep you safe.

  • Time Required
    • 45 hours home study prior to practical course
    • 2 weeks residential, afloat with Go-n-Sail
  • Maximum 3 students per instructor, course will be delivered in English. Start / finish Ayamonte unless specified.

Course Content

The RYA Day Skipper practical course consists of a single 5 day residential sailing course. You will learn about:

  • Preparation for sea and deck work
  • Navigation, pilot-age, meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work, engines, victualing
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail
  • Basic pilot-age and passage making, night cruising & watch organisation
  • Boat handling

Aims

To provide an introduction to Sailing & Seamanship and to give Basic Sailing Experience  

Course Content

The RYA Day Skipper Express and Fastrack practical courses consists of either 2 or 3 modules

RYA Day Skipper Express

  • RYA Day Skipper theory (45 hours online study)
  • RYA Competent Crew (afloat)
  • RYA Day Skipper practical (afloat)

RYA Day Skipper Fastrack

  • RYA Day Skipper theory (45 hours online study)
  • RYA Day Skipper practical (afloat)

The RYA Day Skipper courses cover the following content:

  • Preparation for sea and 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 course

  • You will be able to apply for an ICC which is often required for chartering in the Mediterranean
  • You will be sufficiently experienced to charter a boat

Next Steps

After completing the RYA Day Skipper course, you can prepare yourself for the Coastal Skipper course. You will need some practical experience:

  • Complete at least 15 days sea time
  • Cover at least 300 Nm
  • Complete at least 8 Night Hours.

You will also need to complete the Coastal Skipper Theory element and exam. This can be completed online with our partners Navathome, a recognised training centre specialising in online training. Courses are fully comprehensive making sure you are ready for the examination. The course and examination is 100% online.

More Details (link)

Then you are ready!

More Information

The RYA Day Skipper Express or Fastrack is the ideal way to get an RYA qualification that will enable you to start a sailing journey that will last a lifetime. Whichever course you choose you will have a “total immersion” experience under watchful and experienced instruction. The courses last for either 5 days or 2 weeks.

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, it’s back out onto the water to gain quality sea miles before taking the intermediate level RYA Coastal Skipper courses. Interested in joining our sailing 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.

Recommended Reading

Reeds Skipper's Handbook

The Reed's Skipper's Handbook, now in its 6th edition, has been a bestseller since first publication. A handy pocket size, it is an aide-memoire of everything a boater would need to know at sea. Packed with a wide range of information in a concise form it is frequently recommended by Yachtmaster Instructors as a quick reference guide and as a revision aid for anyone taking their Day Skipper and Yachtmaster certificates.

The 6th edition has been expanded with helpful new material on boat handling, tides, ropework and general seamanship.

'A terrific little volume' Motorboat & Yachting

'A brilliant guide for beginners and an excellent refresher for more advanced skippers... a top rate book' Waterstones

'Everything you would need to know when going to sea in a yacht or small boat...a humdinger of a little book' Nautical Magazine

Reeds Skipper's Handbook is a must for anyone going to sea in any size of boat - be they novice or old hand. Many thousands of skippers and crew have found it invaluable as a memory jogger and fresher whether at sea or on land.

Buy Reeds Skipper's Handbook


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