RYA Day Skipper
Practical Sailing Courses in the Solent
5 Day Week (Mon - Fri) or (Sat - Wed)
2 + 3 Day Weekend Courses

RYA Day Skipper Course – From £440 pp

The skippers role is wide and varied the course is quite an intensive course run over 5 days cover all aspects of being a skipper. Often the minimum requirement to charter a yacht the RYA Day Skipper course covers everything you will need to know.


You will learn about boat handling, sail selection and handling, pilotage, navigation, seamanship, weather forecasting, victualling & passage planning amongst other things.

The aim is to teach the student all aspects involved in taking charge of a yacht safely and confidently. By the end of the course the intention is that the student will be confident to skipper a yacht in familiar waters in favourable weather during day light hours.

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The course is based in the Solent where you will experience a wide range of tide and weather conditions, visiting a variety of ports and anchorages with possibly one longer passage and a night sail.

The emphasis is on boat handling and you will practice mooring in a variety of conditions.

From £630 or £440 pp if you are happy to share an accommodation space (based on 5 day week courses)

We aim to mix Competent Crew and Day Skipper candidates so that everyone can learn off each other and at the end of the RYA Day Skipper course you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day.


Pre-course experience 5 days sea time
100 miles
4 night hours
Assumed Knowledge Navigation to Day Skipper shore based standard
Basic sailing ability
Minimum Age 16
Course Content Basic pilotage
Boat handling
Watch organisation
Ability after course Skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day & night
Course duration 5 Days
2 + 3 Day weekend

Splash-Layout-rya-start-yachting-courseMost sailing schools will place up to 5 students on a course which inevitably means that students have to share a cabin.

In our view this is less than ideal and for most people the concept of sharing a relatively confined accommodation space is not agreeable and detracts from the overall enjoyment of the course.

Therefore all our courses are based on providing students with their own sleeping area* and as such are priced accordingly. If you are happy to share a sleeping area BeneteauOceanis-343-layout-rya-start-yachting-coursethen we can offer you a 30% discount.

*The saloon is classed as a sleeping area. Exact sleeping arrangements are worked out with the instructor at the start of your course depending on the mix of crew.

Accommodation Options (Click here)
5 Day Week £630 / £440* – Mon to Fri
5 Day Weekend £699 / £490* – Sat to Wed
2+3 Day Weekends £855 / £600* – Sat/Sun & Fri/Sat/Sun
Discounted rate if you are happy to share an accommodation space
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Start times Sunday 1800 – Friday 1600
Friday 1800 – Wednesday 1600

What is included

  • Accommodation onboard.
  • Mooring Fees.
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks and soft drinks.
  • Most evening meals are taken ashore at the students cost. (We provide one evening meal for the night sail)
  • Course completion certificate.

Our principal training yachts are a Dufour 385, a Beneteau Oceanis 37 and a Dufour 365.

These are some of the most popular modern production yachts on the market today and offer excellent handling and sailing performance.

Fully equipped to the required standards they also boast some additional inventory to add to your enjoyment & comfort onboard.

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