Day Skipper Practical - 5 days

This comprehensive skills development course leads 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 European yacht charter.

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30 September
Mon 30 Sep 2024 - Fri 04 Oct 2024
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Mon 30 Sep 2024 - Fri 04 Oct 2024
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Mon 30 Sep 2024 - Fri 04 Oct 2024
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Mon 07 Oct 2024 - Fri 11 Oct 2024
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    Mon 07 Oct 2024 - Fri 11 Oct 2024
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    Mon 07 Oct 2024 - Fri 11 Oct 2024
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    Mon 21 Oct 2024 - Fri 25 Oct 2024
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    Mon 21 Oct 2024 - Fri 25 Oct 2024
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    Mon 18 Nov 2024 - Fri 22 Nov 2024
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    Mon 09 Dec 2024 - Fri 13 Dec 2024
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    Mon 16 Dec 2024 - Fri 20 Dec 2024
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    Mon 06 Jan 2025 - Fri 10 Jan 2025
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    Mon 06 Jan 2025 - Fri 10 Jan 2025
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    Mon 06 Jan 2025 - Fri 10 Jan 2025
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    Mon 13 Jan 2025 - Fri 17 Jan 2025
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    Mon 13 Jan 2025 - Fri 17 Jan 2025
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    Mon 13 Jan 2025 - Fri 17 Jan 2025
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    Mon 20 Jan 2025 - Fri 24 Jan 2025
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    Mon 17 Feb 2025 - Fri 21 Feb 2025
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    24 February
    Mon 24 Feb 2025 - Fri 28 Feb 2025
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    Mon 24 Feb 2025 - Fri 28 Feb 2025
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    Mon 10 Mar 2025 - Fri 14 Mar 2025
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    Mon 10 Mar 2025 - Fri 14 Mar 2025
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    Mon 07 Apr 2025 - Fri 11 Apr 2025
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    Mon 28 Apr 2025 - Fri 02 May 2025
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    Mon 28 Apr 2025 - Fri 02 May 2025
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    Mon 12 May 2025 - Fri 16 May 2025
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    Mon 26 May 2025 - Fri 30 May 2025
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    26 May
    Mon 26 May 2025 - Fri 30 May 2025
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    9 June
    Mon 09 Jun 2025 - Fri 13 Jun 2025
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Description

The week will be broken into short passages, coaching exercises, 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.

You will be free to make your own decisions as skipper wherever possible.  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, and 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 standard synthetic fibre ropes  
  • Overview of how to change fuel and water filters, pump, impeller, and bleed the fuel system 

 Emergencies 

  • 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, which provides a fabulous training ground at this level.  We plan the detailed 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, where the scenery and anchorages are magnificent, and the weather is superb, with tropical trade winds 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 participate in all aspects of running the boat. 

Private charter

If you want 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

  • 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, coffee and water.  

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 other countries worldwide.

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 rudimentary, we recommend you consider joining a Day Skipper Shore-based 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 Shore-based Theory.