Sailing with confidence – RYA Day Skipper Practical


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The RYA Day Skipper course is designed to teach you to take charge safely and confidently. You will live on board for the duration of the course, visiting different harbours and anchorages to practice boat handling techniques. You will complete at least 4 hours night sailing to experience pilotage and identifying lights.

Successful students will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate which is the minimum level required to validate competence to charter or own a boat and apply to the RYA for an International Certificate of Competence


Run over 6 days rather than the RYA minimum of 5 days, this course allows plenty of time for relaxing, swimming and enjoying the Turkish coastline and hospitality. Saturday to Friday inclusive


Minimum 2, maximum 4 students to 1 Instructor and boat.


Five days aboard, 100 miles logged and 4 night hours. ailing ability to the level of RYA Competent Crew (Competent Crew certificate is recommended as you will be expected to have a good working knowledge of the Competent Crew syllabus eg: knots, points of sail, terminology) and completion of the RYA Day Skipper theory course.

The RYA Day Skipper theory course can be completed either in the classroom or online and further information can be found on our online courses tab

RYA Day Skipper Theory.


No. The Instructor runs through each of the modules of the course ensuring that you understand each as you progress.


The course costs £795 per person and includes one nights accommodation on board, bedding, towels, safety equipment,  tuition, RYA logbook & Certification.

Not Included: Transit Log & Fuel (compulsory) £180 per boat shared between students, food & drink, travel to/from venue, Turkish visa if required, instructors food and drink  (to be provided at students expense)


Courses are scheduled weekly all year, so if you are keen to consider this course please either give us a call on +90 535 613 8110 to chat through possible dates or email us at or via the ‘Contact Us’ form


Your instructor will cover the following topics with you during your time with him/her:

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deckwork
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Rules of the road
  • Manners and Customs
  • Man overboard
  • Meteorology
  • Maintenance and Repair Work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency Situations
  • Yacht Handling under Power
  • Night Cruising
  • Passage Planning

Day Skipper Practical Syllabus:

The Day Skipper course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the required standard to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which the student is familiar.

  1. 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
  1. Deck Work
  • Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions
  • Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth
  1. Navigation
  • 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 to Dead Reckoning and Estimated Position
  • 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
  • Use of echo sounder and lead line
  1. Pilotage
  • Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, a harbour
  • Understands the use of leading and clearing lines
  • Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage
  1. Meteorology
  • Knows sources of forecast information
  • Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid
  1. Rule of the road
  • Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  1. Maintenance and repair work
  • Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks
  • Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes
  1. Engines
  • Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system
  1. Victualling
  • Understands how to victual a yacht
  1. Emergency situations
  • Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
  • Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
  • Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
  • Understands how to secure a tow
  • Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
  1. Yacht handling under power
  • Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
  1. 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
  1. Night cruising
  • Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour.
  • Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.
  1. Seasickness
  • Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
  1. Helmsmanship and sailing
  • Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
  • Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
  1. General duties
  • Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel


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Supporting Books:

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Next Step:

After completing the Day Skipper practical course it is really worthwhile consolidating what you have learnt by completing some more sea miles. This could be achieved by chartering a yacht from us, joining a distance cruise or just coming along for another week or weekend of refresher/consolidation training. Following this you should look to join the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Course

Additional information


Per Person, Based On Cabin Share, Per Boat, 4 Person Maximum