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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 charter in Europe.

The week will be broken into short passages 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.
  • Logkeeping, 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 to 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 

Location and sailing conditions

Sydney Harbour  

You will sail around Sydney Harbour, north to Pittwater or south to Port Hacking. We plan the itinerary on the day to take best advantage of the weather. The sailing conditions are generally excellent. 

Whitsunday Islands 

During July and August we run a small number of courses from Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. The scenery and anchorages are magnificent and the weather is generally excellent for sailing. You can expect to see dolphins, whales and of course Flying Fish!

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 cruiser racer yachts by an accredited RYA/AS 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. Please register your interest above. 

  • Jun
    28
    28 Jun - 2 Jul
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
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  • Jul
    5
    5 Jul - 9 Jul
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register1 place remaining
  • Jul
    12
    12 Jul - 16 Jul
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Whitsunday islands
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    • Whitsunday Islands
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  • Jul
    19
    19 Jul - 23 Jul
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Whitsunday islands
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    • Whitsunday Islands
    Register1 place remaining
  • Jul
    26
    26 Jul - 30 Jul
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Whitsunday islands
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    • Whitsunday Islands
    Register1 place remaining
  • Aug
    16
    16 Aug - 20 Aug
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Oct
    11
    11 Oct - 15 Oct
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register4 places remaining
  • Oct
    11
    11 Oct - 15 Oct
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Oct
    25
    25 Oct - 29 Oct
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Nov
    22
    22 Nov - 26 Nov
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
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  • Dec
    13
    13 Dec - 17 Dec
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
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  • Jan
    3
    3 Jan - 7 Jan
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
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  • Jan
    10
    10 Jan - 14 Jan
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Jan
    17
    17 Jan - 21 Jan
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Feb
    14
    14 Feb - 18 Feb
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Feb
    21
    21 Feb - 25 Feb
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
  • Feb
    21
    21 Feb - 25 Feb
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
  • Mar
    7
    7 Mar - 11 Mar
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Apr
    4
    4 Apr - 8 Apr
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • May
    9
    9 May - 13 May
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • May
    16
    16 May - 20 May
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
  • May
    16
    16 May - 20 May
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
  • May
    30
    30 May - 3 Jun
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining

What's included

Tuition, logbook, certificate, pre-course reading.

Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided.

We can loan you wet weather clothing if required. 

Accommodation

Due to Covid 19 restrictions our RYA practical courses are currently non live-aboard.

All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.

Contact us if you would like to stay on board in the marina for your course. 

Catering 

Please bring your own lunch and snacks.  

We provide tea and coffee on board. 

We provide evening meals before the night training exercise  

Qualifications 

  • 150 sea miles logged
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical
  • ICC (subject to an admin fee)

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. 

Consider joining a Day Skipper Shorebased Theory course to learn navigation and chartwork in the classroom

We also recommend Day Skipper candidates hold a First Aid certificate and a Marine Radio Licence

What next?

Your next Flying Fish course should be RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory.

As the holder of a Day Skipper certificate you are entitled to an International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft (ICC) from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). 

An ICC certificate is a requirement for yacht charter in the Mediterranean and will enable you to charter a yacht in many other countries around the world.

    See also

    • Day Skipper Practical Weekend

      Book these two days as a 'stand alone' to brush up your skills or as your first weekend of three if you want the RYA qualification.
    • International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

      As a skipper, you must make yourself aware of any qualifications required when visiting another country. In the countries of Europe the ICC will usually prove evidence of competence to the local authority or a charter company.
    • Day Skipper Fast-track

      From beginner to RYA qualified Day Skipper in just four weeks. Gain a package of internationally recognized qualifications whilst enjoying fantastic sailing on Sydney Harbour.
    • Day Skipper Shorebased Theory

      The RYA Day Skipper Shore-based Theory week at Flying Fish is a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology, collision regulations and the basics of seamanship. A valuable week in the classroom to complement the on-board training in our Competent Crew, Day Skipper Practical and Powerboat courses.