RYA Day Skipper Course Sail

For aspiring skippers with basic navigation and sailing skills

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.

This is an intermediate-level sailing course. If you’re looking for a beginner-level course, check out The Boat School RYA Competent Crew course. If you want to learn to drive a powerboat, have a look at The Boat School RYA Powerboat level 2 course.

Taught in English

All RYA courses are taught in English. We recommend a minimum level of B1 for 1-day and 2-day courses and a minimum level of B2 for longer courses, theory courses and specialised training, such as SRC (VHF) radio.

RYA Day Skipper Course quick facts

Here’s a summary of what you need to know.

5-day intensive practical course

The Day Skipper course is taught over 5 days

All teaching takes place on-board

This is a practical course with all teaching aboard

Expect to sleep aboard

Accommodation aboard during the course

Taught by a qualified RYA Instructor

Taught by a qualified RYA Cruising Instructor

Qualifies you to skipper a sailing boat

Subjecto to nationality/ residence requirements

Our boats

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

RYA Day Skipper course Dufour 390 2023 - under sail 2

RYA Day Skipper Course 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.

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. UK nationals and residents can also use the Day Skipper certificate as proof of competence for skippering their own boat; however, in this case, you will need to apply to the Spanish maritime authority for permission (we can help with that). If you have any doubts about the recognition of this certificate, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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.

We publish regular course dates and you can book the course directly online.

Price per person in open group: €995

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.

Please contact us for the price of a rental & course pack.

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.

Please contact us if you’re interested in own-boat tuition.

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
  • Victualing
  • 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
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 is 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 Course

1180€ per person in an open group

If you choose to book a place on an open group, we’ll put a maximum of three people on your course. We need two people booked onto a course before we can confirm your reservation.

To book the RYA Day skipper course with the Boat School, please follow these steps:

1. Choose Your Start Date: From the calendar, select your preferred start date for the five-day course.
2. Pick a Location: Based on the date you’ve chosen, select from the available locations.
3. Specify Participants: Indicate the number of people attending the course.
4. Fill Out the Form: Complete the reservation form with contact details and, if booking for others, ensure you have their personal details ready.
5. Payment: Finalize your booking with an online payment.

Remember, the course duration is five days, starting from the date you select on the calendar. Prices may vary based on the course date and the number of participants.

With The Boat School, you can choose to book your RYA Day Skipper course in an open group, charter a sailboat and get training on the boat you rent or even run the course on your own boat.

Rental with Course Pack or Own Boat tuition

The Day Skipper Own Boat / Rental option gives you maximum flexibility whether you’re looking for a small group (up to 5 students) or you want one-to-one training. You can choose between:

  • Renting a sailboat and doing the course on this boat
  • Running a course on your own boat

If you’d like a personalised quote for a rental with course pack or for own boat tuition, please use the contact form below to tell us what you’re looking for.

What our students think

Real reviews from our students..

The Boat School is part of Greenwich Náutica, a well-established sea school operating in Madrid and the Valencian Community. With a Google rating of 4.9 out of 5, Greenwich Náutica is renowned for its dedicated team of instructors, premium boats, and a wide range of courses that cater to all levels of sailors. As the only RYA school in the Valencian Community that also operates within the Spanish system, we possess unparalleled local knowledge, which adds significant value to our international students’ learning experience.

Professionals above all, we have learned a lot, they are charming, Jorge's attention is relentless, always ready to resolve all the doubts that arose! I definitely recommend!!!
The Radio course was very pleasant, it passed very quickly and enjoyable. Super educational Simon. As a point of improvement I would put a coffee machine 😎 in the Madrid facilities

The motor course in Denia was great, David as a very good instructor was short for me 🤣. The boat is very suitable and Dénia is a port that allows you to try all the exercises. A highly recommended academy
Muy divertido el curso además de interesante. El instructor un profesional.
Muy agradable el curso se me paso muy rápido y ameno. Simón súper didáctico. Como punto de mejora pondría una maquinita de café 😎 y una fuente de agua en las instalaciones de Madrid
I loved the course, everything with Simón was great
Professionalism above all. Remarkable customer service, always willing to clear up any questions that may arise.

Ready to book? Got any questions?

If you’re interested in a Day Skipper sailing course with The Boat School, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you.

Or give us a call on:

Call an RYA Boat School instructor on: 639202297

We'd be delighted to talk you through different course options and send you a personalised proposal if you need a package of courses.

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.

Recoggnised by the Spanish Merchant Marine service
Boat School Denia RYA training centre

Operational Base Denia

Marina de Dénia (Sail courses)
Darsena de babor s/n
03700 · Denía
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Moll de la pansa, s/n
3700 · Dénia
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Carrer de Fora Mur, 12
03700 · Dénia
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