Day Skipper

Join an RYA Day Skipper course and get the skills and knowledge you need to take charge of a small yacht, in familiar waters, by day.

The RYA Day Skipper certificate is the first ‘skipper-level’ qualification and a pivotal milestone in the RYA training scheme. It is akin to getting your Private Pilots Licence but for sailing.

Day Skipper Practical Course 

The RYA Day Skipper Practical course follows the RYA Competent Crew course and will teach you the essential practical skills of the skipper. You can complete the course over five days or three weekends.

Day Skipper Shorebased Theory  

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory provides the underpinning knowledge required at this level. If you’re short on time though, the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship online course will give you the essentials. Marine First Aid and Marine Radio Operator are also important certifications for Day Skippers.

Day Skipper Fast Track Course 

If you’re ready for some time off and want to progress quickly check out our Day Skipper Fast Track course. This is an intensive and exhilarating four-week training adventure leading to a package of valuable and internationally recognised qualifications.

Day Skipper Course Options


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.

5 days



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.

2 days



Day Skipper Shorebased Theory

The RYA Dayskipper shore-based course provides a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology, safety, and seamanship and provides the underpinning theory knowledge essential for recreational skippers. It will help you make informed decisions on the water and feel confident about being in charge.

5 days



Day Skipper Fast Track

From beginner to RYA qualified Day Skipper in just four weeks! Gain a package of internationally recognized qualifications and enjoy an inspiring training adventure on Sydney Harbour.

4 weeks



International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

As a skipper, you must be aware of any qualifications required when visiting another country. In European countries, the ICC usually proves competence to the local authority or a charter company.

4 hours

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ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS)

This one-day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF (Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety, and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC

1 day



Marine First Aid

This course has been specifically designed for those working in the marine environment and is ideal for boat owners, watersports instructors, yacht skippers, and crew. The course leads to an internationally recognised first aid qualification.

1 day



Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Online

This self-paced online course provides a beginner's introduction to the navigation theory and safety knowledge required to go boating safely at sea.

16 hours - self-paced


  • Try Yachting

    3 hours
    Experience the magic of sailing on Sydney Harbour on one of our comfortable yachts. This short lesson introduces you to the exciting sport of sailing in a safe and controlled way.
  • Discover Yachting

    1 day
    Spend a fabulous day sailing on Sydney Harbour aboard one of our comfortable yachts. This is an excellent way to gently learn the ropes, meet new friends, and have a whole lot of fun in the great outdoors. Please choose one of our scheduled dates or enquire below to book it as a private event for your group.
Day Skipper

Where to next?

With an RYA Dayskipper Practical certificate under your belt you are ready to put your new skills in to practice and charter a yacht in Croatia, The Greek Islands or the Whitsundays. 

You can also obtain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) from the RYA which is essential for chartering in Europe. 

The next step in your continuing yachting education is to move on to Coastal Skipper where you learn to take charge offshore. 

We also encourage our new yacht skippers to get out there and start Dinghy Sailing. This is a great way to quickly improve your wind awareness and trimming skills. 

Then its onwards and upwards towards Yachtmaster