RYA Day Skipper Practical Sail

The Day Skipper course focuses on you taking charge as skipper, you will be involved in all aspects of planning short passages around the Straits of Gibraltar and along the Spanish coastline. Your friendly and professional instructor will teach you to take responsibility for obtaining weather forecasts, performing safety and diesel engine checks, navigating, passage planning and pilotage into different marinas throughout the five days. You will also have the opportunity to practice berthing under different conditions and to undertake a night sailing exercise. By the end of the course you will have sufficient knowledge to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day. You will sail to three countries, make great new friends across our fleet of yachts and no doubt top up your tan in the process too.

What do do you need for flotilla & charter holidays?

The RYA Day Skipper course is a minimum qualification requirement for many bareboat charter and flotilla companies. You may be able to apply for an ICC once you’ve achieved this certificate depending upon nationality or residence; the ICC can be a helpful additional document to demonstrate your standard of competence as a Skipper in some other European countries.

This course mixes well with Competent Crew and Day Skipper Advance Refreshers so why not join up with family and friends and enjoy your sailing holiday with tuition together. Or come as an individual and make new friends with everyone here.

Previous Experience required:

For this course you need to have the Competent Crew course or equivalent experience at sea of 100nm / 5 days sailing, for example you may have taken part in flotilla or charter holidays. You are required to have the Day Skipper Theory; if you do not already have this then you may prefer the Express Day Skipper course or add our Online Day Skipper theory course to your package. Come as an individual or with friends or family.


1800 Sunday until 1600 Friday

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Dates:

This course starts every Sunday throughout the year. Which Sunday are you going to join us on?

  • 1800 every Sunday in 2023

What’s Included:

You will be perfecting your skippering abilities sailing on one of our five 2016 model Jeanneau 389 sailing yachts!

Fresh bed linen & towel, berthing fees, gas, water, electricity, fuel & Spinlock lifejackets; the same the pros choose due to their superior quality and comfort. Welcome pack: tea, fresh ground coffee & instant coffee to get you settled onboard. Breakfast & light lunch is included as part of your course. Candidates love heading out in the evenings to enjoy dinner together at Ocean Villages' fantastic variety of onshore restaurants & don't forget the sundowners Med style - the best apres-sail holiday vibe.

Day Skipper Practical Course Price 2023:

  • £750 per person
  • £895 single occupancy private cabin
  • £1500 double occupancy private cabin
  • £2850 private yacht

If you choose not to guarantee your own cabin, you may be allocated one of the two saloon berths. Couples, friends or family can guarantee a double occupancy private cabin which can be set up as a twin, or double.

The ideal course to add:

VHF SRC Radio Course is an essential addition to the Day Skipper course since all charter and flotilla companies require one person to hold a valid radio license. This is easily added to your Allabroad course package as an online study course prior to you arriving and a short assessment session whilst on your course.