The skippers role is certainly wide and varied. This course is quite an intensive course run over 5 days covering all aspects of being a skipper.
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.
The course is based in the Solent where you will you will spend all 5 days (or both weekends) aboard the yacht and experience a wide range of tide and weather conditions, visit a variety of ports and anchorages with possibly one longer passage and a night sail.
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.
Please note that as the name suggests this course is fundamentally a practical course and there is not much time to cover large areas of navigation & elements of the theory course. We highly recommend all students have completed the Day Skipper theory course before joining or have a very good level of theory knowledge.
We run our courses with a maximum of 4 students normally 3. This offers each student much more hands on time and combined with the extra space onboard we find that by reducing the numbers it creates a better learning environment all round.
We offer the option for you to book your own sleeping area for that extra privacy and comfort but if you are happy to share then we offer a discounted rate.
Our sailing school is based in Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble and sailing takes places in and around the Solent.
|5 Day Week||£699* / £525 – Mon to Fri|
|5 Day Weekend||£759* / £575 – Sat to Wed|
|2+3 Day Weekends||£920* / £640 – Sat/Sun & Fri/Sat/Sun|
|Start times||Sunday 1800|
|Pre-course experience||5 days sea time|
4 night hours
|Minimum Age||16 *|
|Assumed Knowledge||Navigation to Day Skipper shore based standard|
Basic sailing ability
|Course Content||Basic pilotage|
|Ability after course||Skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day & night|
|Course duration||5 Days|
2 + 3 Day weekend
* Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian