Day Skipper Practical

“Day Skipper practical is a course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.  Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.”  from the RYA website.

The Day Skipper Practical course is a real step up from the RYA Competent Crew course.  Students are expected to have basic sailing knowledge which specifically includes 5 days at sea (on the lake is fine), 100 nautical miles and 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht.

More importantly, it’s an opportunity to get out on the water with an experienced RYA instructor in a safe environment on a forgiving boat and take the next step as a sailor.  The course is a ‘must have’ for anyone planning to work in the yachting industry or anyone who wants to do bare-boat charters all over the world (ICC eligible course).

This 5 day live aboard course is run out of Collin’s Bay Marina in Kingston on a CS 30.

Course Topics Include:

  • Preparation for sea,
  • deck work,
  • navigation,
  • pilotage,
  • meteorology,
  • rules of the road,
  • maintenance and repair work,
  • engines,
  • victualling,
  • emergency situations,
  • yacht handling under power,
  • yacht handling under sail,
  • passage making,
  • night cruising

What Does it Cost?

$1650 for 5 days and 4 nights.  Includes marina fees.  Students are expected, as part of the course, to prepare meals.

What Can I Do to Prepare?

Take the NauticEd online Day Skipper Theory course (here). Purchase the RYA Day Skipper book (here), or as an ebook (here).