Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper Practical - One Week

Get qualified in the sunshine

This is an intermediate level course that aims to build on your core skills by developing your navigation, decision making and leadership ability. You will skipper a yacht on a number of short passages, under the guidance of your instructor, taking charge of everything from passage planning, to interpreting weather forecasts and mooring.

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Why do your RYA Day Skipper?

The RYA Day Skipper is a valuable qualification and recognised as evidence of competence by insurance and charter companies worldwide. Perfect if you are considering a bareboat holiday.

The Day Skipper course is designed to develop your leadership skills and confidence in charge of a yacht. The skipper must take responsibility for performing individual tasks, and for the safety of the yacht and those on board. Being the skipper is a rewarding experience, and it is recommended that your training follows the worldwide recognised and respected structure that RYA Day Skipper provides.

The Day Skipper course will focus on improving your existing skills and crew management. You will develop your yacht handling under power and sail, in marinas, mooring, and with man overboard recovery. You will put your navigation and pilotage skills to work and plan and execute your own short passages.

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Before you go

Prior to arrival in Greece, you will complete our RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course online. This covers topics such as charts, buoyage, navigation, pilotage, tides, diesel engines, rules of the road and passage planning. The pack includes practise charts, electronic chart plotter download, dividers and a Portland plotter to get you started. We also include our VHF and Marine Diesel Engine course, so you’ll be fully prepped before your arrival in Greece!

Our unique online learning portal gives you the opportunity to learn some of the necessary theoretical skills, without having to leave the comfort of home. The course is RYA approved, and is designed for students who cannot afford the time to attend lengthy shore-based classes. The online courses are tailored to provide the skills particular to the Day Skipper syllabus. In addition, we provide supplementary RYA course materials to further aid each student studying the theory element. Essential Navigation & Seamanship is a certified RYA course, for which, successful students will be offered a certificate upon arrival in Greece.

Successful completion of the practical course will allow you to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This qualification is required by most European countries to validate your competence to own or charter a boat.

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How much does it cost?

£890 per person + Flights and transfers (approx. £250 - £390)

What is Included:

• 7 days aboard the yacht, with full instruction
• Full online Essential Navigation and Seamanship theory tuition 
• The Essential Navigation & Seamanship course material
• The RYA Sail Cruising Syllabus and Logbook
• All breakfasts, lunches and 2 evening meals
• All fuel, water and marina fees
• Towels and bed linen
• Waterproof jackets
• Sunshine and swim stops

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Accommodation and Food

All breakfasts and lunches are included in the cost of the course, as well as two evening meals cooked on board. Greece is blessed with an abundance of tavernas, and there will be lots of opportunities to eat on-shore. If you have any special dietary requirements just let us know. One bath sized towel per person, all bed linen, pillows and duvets are included. There's no need to bring a sleeping bag along. There is a shower on board, and we will be stopping in ports that have showers and facilities ashore.

Pre-Course Experience Requirements

The minimum suggested pre-course experience is 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours. The Competent Crew course is an ideal prerequisite, as is skippering a yacht on one of our flotillas. It is also beneficial to have a basic knowledge of navigation. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

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