Day Skipper Practical - 5 days

This is a comprehensive skills development course leading to the RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate. RYA Day Skipper certificate holders are entitled to an International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft (ICC) which is generally required for a yacht charter in Europe.
11 July
Mon 11 Jul 2022 - Fri 15 Jul 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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18 July
Mon 18 Jul 2022 - Fri 22 Jul 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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25 July
Mon 25 Jul 2022 - Fri 29 Jul 2022
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8 August
Mon 08 Aug 2022 - Fri 12 Aug 2022
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    3 October
    Mon 03 Oct 2022 - Fri 07 Oct 2022
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    3 October
    Mon 03 Oct 2022 - Fri 07 Oct 2022
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    Mon 03 Oct 2022 - Fri 07 Oct 2022
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    10 October
    Mon 10 Oct 2022 - Fri 14 Oct 2022
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    Mon 10 Oct 2022 - Fri 14 Oct 2022
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    24 October
    Mon 24 Oct 2022 - Fri 28 Oct 2022
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    21 November
    Mon 21 Nov 2022 - Fri 25 Nov 2022
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    12 December
    Mon 12 Dec 2022 - Fri 16 Dec 2022
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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    2 January
    Mon 02 Jan 2023 - Fri 06 Jan 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    9 January
    Mon 09 Jan 2023 - Fri 13 Jan 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    16 January
    Mon 16 Jan 2023 - Fri 20 Jan 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    20 February
    Mon 20 Feb 2023 - Fri 24 Feb 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    20 February
    Mon 20 Feb 2023 - Fri 24 Feb 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    6 March
    Mon 06 Mar 2023 - Fri 10 Mar 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    6 March
    Mon 06 Mar 2023 - Fri 10 Mar 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    27 March
    Mon 27 Mar 2023 - Fri 31 Mar 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    24 April
    Mon 24 Apr 2023 - Fri 28 Apr 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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    29 May
    Mon 29 May 2023 - Fri 02 Jun 2023
    5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
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Description

The week will be broken into short passages, coaching exercises and skills and drills. You will develop your yacht handling and seamanship skills and improve your knowledge of pilotage and navigation with expert guidance from a friendly instructor.

Wherever possible you will be given the freedom to make your own decisions as skipper.  By the end of the course, you will have the skills and technical knowledge to skipper a small sailing yacht with confidence.

Course content 

Yacht preparation and deck work 

  • Engine checks, sail selection, stowage above and below decks.
  • Understands how to victual a yacht
  • Reef and change sails to suit prevailing conditions 
  • Take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring.

Navigation and pilotage

  • Chartwork, taking and plotting visual fixes
  • GPS position fixing, waypoints, routes.
  • Log keeping, working up DR and EP 
  • Tidal heights, tidal streams, course to steer (for leeway and drift). 
  • IALA buoyage, pilotage plans, transits, echo sounder, leading and clearing lines.   

Meteorology and rules of the road

  • Understand sources of forecast information 
  • Interpret weather forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid 
  • Learn the basics of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 

Engines and maintenance  

  • Learn the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes  
  • Overview of how to change fuel and water filters, pump, impeller and bleed the fuel system 

 Emergency situations 

  • Man overboard recovery, distress flares and liferafts 
  • Radiotelephone distress message 
  • How to secure a tow 
  • Helicopter rescue 

Yacht handling and passage making 

  • Steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
  • Steer to a compass 
  • Plan and make a short coastal passage.  
  • Night pilotage  
  • General duties in connection with the daily routine of the vessel 

Locations and sailing conditions 

You will sail around Sydney Harbour, and sometimes north to Pittwater or south to Port Hacking. We plan the itinerary on the first day to take the best advantage of the weather.

The sailing conditions are generally excellent alternating between warm 'Nor-easter' sea breezes and cool, fresh Southerlies.  

During July and August, we run a number of courses in the Whitsunday Islands.

The scenery and anchorages are magnificent and the weather is superb with tropical trade wind sailing the order of the day.

You can expect to see dolphins, whales and of course Flying Fish!

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run onboard one of our Beneteau 40.7 cruiser-racer yachts by an accredited AMSA-approved RYA Instructor. You and your fellow students take part in all aspects of running the boat. 

Private charter

If you would like to book this course as a private charter for a crew of five you pay for only four places.  Use the private course enquiry link at the top of this page.

What's included

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, our RYA practical courses are currently non-live-aboard. But please contact us if you would like to stay on board in the marina for your course.

  • Tuition, logbook, pre-course reading.
  • Life jackets and safety harnesses are provided and we can loan you wet weather clothing if required.
  • All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.
  • Please bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • We provide tea and coffee and pizza takeaway before the night training exercise. 

Qualifications and experience

  • 150 sea miles logged
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate 
  • As the holder of an RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate, you are entitled to an International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft (ICC) from the RYA. An ICC certificate is required for a bareboat yacht charter in the Mediterranean and various other countries around the world.

Before you start

  • You have spent at least one week on a sailing yacht and are confident as a crew member under supervision. You understand the basics of pilotage and are familiar with navigation using paper charts. 
  • If your knowledge of marine safety and navigation is very basic we recommend you consider joining a Day Skipper Shorebased Theory course for a comprehensive introduction. Or complete Essential Navigation and Seamanship online to cover the basics. 

What next?

  • We recommend anyone operating as a Day Skipper should also hold a First Aid certificate and a Marine Radio Licence
  • Your next Flying Fish course should be RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory.