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RYA Day Skipper


The RYA Day Skipper Practical is a course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. It’s a gret option if you’re looking for a yachting holiday with the benefit of professional tuition!

This course is all about getting familiar with the many joys of sailing and cruising – with plenty of time to explore the local area and enjoy a drink at one of our many stunning waterside pubs! You’ll have the chance to explore the delights of the Cornish coast, with at least one longer passage during your time onboard.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety.

By the end of the course you should be able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.

International Certificate of Competency (ICC ) Application

If you would like to add on your ICC to your booking please inform our advisors at time of booking. There is a direct fee to the RYA for this, for more information please go to:


5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht


5 days (either run over 3 weekends or 3 days plus 1 weekend)


Theory to the level of the RYA Day Skipper. It is recommended you attend the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand.



Course Content

Preparation for sea 
Deck work
Rules of the road
Maintenance and repair work
Emergency situations
Yacht handling under power
Yacht handling under sail
Passage making
Ability after course:
Able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day
All of our courses have a maximum number of three candidates on board so as to ensure that a high level of support and tuition is received. 
Our courses also include moorings, fuel, catering including the first evening plus the loan of foul weather gear.

Upcoming Courses

Here's a list of the courses we have planned in the diary. Please contact us if you cannot make any of these dates, or if you would like to do the course in your own boat.