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5 Day RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

Why take this course with Prometheus Sailing and Sunsail UK?

The RYA Day Skipper practical course will enable you to skipper a yacht by day in familiar waters. You will gain the qualifications and experience needed to set sail on board your own yacht, on a yacht charter or flotilla holiday.

Following the five-day Day Skipper practical course you'll have experience of deck work, navigation and passage making, as well as the confidence to skipper under sail and power.

The course will teach you basic practical skippering techniques which will enable you to skipper a yacht on short coastal passages by day, in both tidal and non-tidal waters. As a skipper you'll be responsible for the management of a yacht, and therefore the course includes elements of meteorology, engine checking, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea and rules of the road.

The minimum pre-course experience required is five days sailing and living onboard, 100 miles logged and four hours night sailing. You will also need to have completed your Day Skipper theory course prior to taking your practical, or have knowledge equivalent to this level.

RYA Day Skipper or ICC are requirements for chartering in many overseas destinations, such as Greece, Spain, Turkey, Croatia, Italy and many other destinations. An RYA Day Skipper and be converted into an ICC with the RYA.

What’s Included

  • 5 nights onboard your yacht 
  • Instructor 
  • Breakfast  
  • Lunch 
  • Soft drinks and snacks 
  • Wet weather gear 
  • Fuel, gas and engine hours
  • RYA Day Skipper Certificate upon successful completion of the course 


5 Day courses

Offpeak (1st December – 31st March): £599

Peak Season (1st April – 30th November): £659

Split weekend 2+3 courses

Offpeak (1st December – 31st March): £639

Peak Season (1st April – 30th November): £699

Courses start at 19.00hrs and finishing on your last day at 17.00hrs.