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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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