RYA Day Skipper
This course is intended for the competent sailor who has gained the RYA Competent Crew certificate or has relevant experience. Ideally you will have completed the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course or be a competent navigator, have spent at least 5 days living aboard a yacht and covered at least 100 miles. Successful candidates will be deemed qualified to Skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which they are familiar. Each candidate is kept informed of their progress as they learn about the yacht, its handling and the routines required to run the yacht smoothly.
The course is run over 5 days, living on board the yacht and using the comprehensive navigation equipment fitted including a Raymarine E series plotter at both helm position and chart table. We normally have a student to instructor ratio of 4:1 and we never ask you to share a cabin with someone you don't know (unless you want to!). We like to stop overnight at peaceful, tranquil anchorages and moorings around the local area; you can expect to visit the historic and beautiful harbours of Devon such as Dartmouth, Salcombe, Torquay, Brixham and the River Yealm.
As a Day Skipper candidate you are given guidance by our experienced RYA instructor whilst you build on prior experience. The instructor assesses strengths and weaknesses and will mentor each candidate as he/she takes control of the crew and the boat during navigational passages, coming alongside and handling the boat under both sail and power. You will also learn basic engine maintenance, how to plan a passage, make weather predictions, victual a yacht and how to take action as a skipper in emergency situations such as man-overboard. There will also be a night passage where you will gain experience of navigating, sailing and pilotage by night.
Cost £525 per person including accommodation onboard the yacht, food, mooring fees, fuel and loan of high quality Henri Lloyd waterproof clothing. Just bring a sleeping bag or quilt and your clothes and you're set to go!