RYA Day Skipper sail practical

5-day Day Skipper practical course
The 5-day RYA Day Skipper (Sail) course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in waters with which the student is familiar.

RYA Day Skipper practical sailing course

5-day course in Denia · Alicante · Spain

International Certificate of Competence

Automatically get the ICC (dependent on nationality/ residence)

Maximum 5 students per course

Courses run with a minimum of 3 students

RYA qualified instructors

Taught by a qualified RYA Cruising Instructors

Our boats

The boats we use for training are all commercially coded and inspected by the RYA.

The details

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The 5-day RYA Day Skipper (Sail) course teaches pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in waters with which the student is familiar.

The Boat School course to obtain the RYA Day Skipper (Sail) certificate is taught in small groups with a maximum of five students. The course lasts 5 days. Open group courses normally run from Monday to Friday.

Is this course for me?

The Boat School’s RYA Day Skipper (Sail) course aims to provide aspiring skippers with the skills and confidence they need to take charge of a sailing yacht. The course focuses on developing the practical skippering skills of crew management, boat handling, practical pilotage and passage making.

International Certificate of Competence

On successful completion of an RYA Day Skipper course, UK nationals and nationals of certain other countries automatically qualify for an ICC issued by the RYA. The ICC is widely recognised as evidence of competence in most European countries.
Spanish law allows charter companies to rent sailboats to UK nationals or residents in possession of the RYA Day Skipper certificate; however, if you own your own boat (or you’re thinking of buying one), you will need to apply for the ICC.

You can choose to complete the course either as part of an open group or you can rent a boat for the day and complete the course with family and friends.

Open groups

With an open group booking, you book a place on a course and we’ll admit up to a maximum of five students onto that same course. This is the most economical option; however, it’s also the least flexible option if your availability is limited. The price of a seat on an open course includes fuel and mooring fees away from our base.

During July and August, we publish regular course dates and you can book the course directly online. For the rest of the year, we schedule courses in accordance with the availability of students interested in the course.

Price per person in open group: €750.00

Rental & course pack

With this option, you charter a sailing yacht and we provide the instructor and teaching materials. This option gives you the maximum flexibility in terms of dates and the kind of boat we’ll use in training (subject to availability). With the rental and course pack, you’ll also have more say in the itinerary. As with any charter, you’re responsible for paying the fuel for the boat as well as mooring fees away from our home port.

The RYA Day Skipper course can be combined with other RYA courses in the sail cruising scheme. This means that you can choose a rental and course pack and have, for example, two participants preparing for the Competent Crew certificate and two students preparing for Day Skipper.

Rental & course pack: from 2730€ (for up to 5 students)

Own boat tuition

If you already own a yacht, or if you have a friend who owns a sailboat, we’re more than happy to run an RYA Day Skipper course on your own boat. This option is significantly cheaper than open groups and charters; however, you do need to make sure that your boat is up to the standard required by the RYA for training.

Own boat tuition: €1500 (price per course for up to 5 students)

Practical skills, including…

Preparing a yacht for sea, including engine, sails and gear
Deck work (reefing, shaking out reefs, mooring, anchoring, weighing anchor, …)
Practical navigation (visual fixes, electronic navigation, leeway, …)
Pilotage, including pilotage plans for entry or departure from a harbour
Meteorology, including weather and forecasts
Maintenance and repair work
Engines, refuelling and emergency maintenance
Emergency drills (man overboard, distress flares, life rafts, VHF radio, …)
Organising and keeping a watch
Yacht handling under power
Yacht handling under sail
Passage making – planning and making a coastal passage

Practical experience

Before you book this course you should have some sailing experience on a cruising yacht. There are no qualification requirements, but it is recommended that participants are at least Competent Crew standard before taking the Practical course. Participants should have 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht.

Knowledge of theory

The RYA Day Skipper qualification has two parts: the 5-day practical course and a 40 hour theory course. Holding a shorebased course completion certificate in not a prerequisite to attend this course, but it is essential that you have the same knowledge level as somebody that has completed the Day Skipper shorebased course. There simply isn’t the time to learn all the theory whilst putting it into practice. You can do the shorebased course with The Boat School either in the classroom or online.

The minimum age for the award of the certificate is 16. You can do the course with family members under the age of 16; however, we will only be able to issue the RYA Start Yachting certificate or Competent Crew certificate to more junior participants.

You won’t need a medical certificate but you should be in reasonable physical shape.

Book your RYA Day Skipper sail practical in Denia

From 750€ per person in an open group

All year round, we run a minimum of two RYA Day Skipper practical sail courses from the Marina de Denia. Click on the Book Now button to check course availability and reserve your course.

Please use the form below if you can’t find the dates you need or if you want to book a closed group course for family and friends.

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The Boat School

Recognized by the Royal Yachting Association to conduct Powerboat Training, Sail Cruising courses in the Yachtmaster (sail) scheme and Shorebased (theory) courses.

Recognized by the Spanish Directorate General for Merchant Shipping, the Comunidad Valenciana and the Region of Murcia to conduct sail, motor, powerboat and VHF training.

Operational Base Denia

Edificio H, Marina de Dénia Darsena de babor s/n 03700 · Denía · Spain

Office Tel. 0034 639 20 22 97

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