Anchorage RYA Sea School

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course.

Skippering a yacht for the first time can be a daunting yet exhilarating experience. The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course is designed to teach you how to take charge of a yacht safely and confidently.

A day skipper does much more than navigate. They are also responsible for the complete safety and well being of the yacht and her crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage.

Your experienced and patient instructor will teach you these skills and you will put them into practice as you skipper the yacht on short passages around the Solent. There is particular emphasis on boat handling for Day Skippers and during the 5 days you will practice mooring under various conditions.

Students live aboard for the duration of the course in shared cabins and visit as many different harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques. You will complete at least 4 night hours sailing to experience night pilotage and identify lights.

At the end of the RYA Day Skipper course you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day.

Students who have successfully completed the Day Skipper course are awarded the RYA Day Skipper Completion certificate. In addtion they can apply to the RYA for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for a small charge, ideal when planning a Flotilla holiday.