This is an intermediate level course that aims to build on your core skills by developing your navigation, decision making and leadership ability. You will skipper a yacht on a number of short passages, under the guidance of your instructor, taking charge of everything from passage planning, to interpreting weather forecasts and mooring. 

Our RYA Day Skipper course covers the theory of tidal stream and height calculations. However, if you have not yet encountered these in a real life situation we strongly advise gaining further experience in tidal waters before embarking on any coastal passages in tidal waters.

Why do your RYA Day Skipper?

Get qualified to sail anywhere

The RYA Day Skipper is a valuable qualification and is recognised as evidence of competence by insurance and charter companies worldwide. Perfect if you are considering a bareboat yacht charter holiday. Once you have your Day Skipper you automatically qualify for an International Certificate of Competence.

Become a confident skipper

The course is designed to develop your leadership skills and confidence whilst in charge of a yacht. As skipper you will be in charge of the safety and comfort of everyone on board. Being the skipper is a rewarding experience and means you can take family and friends sailing without any stress or worries.

Learn new skills

The Day Skipper course will focus on improving your existing skills and crew management. You will develop your yacht handling under power and sail, in marinas, mooring, and with man overboard recovery. You will put your navigation and pilotage skills to work and plan and execute your own short passages.

RYA Course Details

Pre-Course Experience Requirements

The minimum suggested pre-course experience is 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours. The Competent Crew course is an ideal prerequisite. It is also beneficial to have a basic knowledge of navigation. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

From our experience booking and running the Day Skipper course we would say that, it is assumed that you are already proficient in the topics covered in the Competent Crew course syllabus, understand the basics of navigation, sailing, rope work, seamanship and have experienced at least 100 miles on a cruising yacht as an active crew member. It is not possible to successfully complete this course as a complete beginner. The Competent Crew course teaches you how to sail - The Day Skipper course teaches you how to plan and execute passages safely and manage a sailing yacht. There is not time during a Day Skipper course to also teach all the essentials of sailing and seamanship.

*Special requests and medical conditions/disability/reduced mobility - please read page 6 of our booking conditions.

RYA Courses for young children

If you wish your child to take part, but worry they may not be capable of fully participating, never fear! They will either be awarded a Competent Crew Certificate or an RYA Start Sailing Certificate for younger sailors. So, there is no excuse not to give it a go! Feel free to call us on 020 8459 8787 if you wish to discuss bringing younger children. 

Come Prepared

Prior to arrival in Greece, you will complete our RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course online. This covers topics such as charts, buoyage, navigation, pilotage, tides, diesel engines, rules of the road and passage planning. The pack includes practice charts, dividers and a Portland plotter to get you started. So, you’ll be fully prepped before your arrival in Greece!

Our unique online training

Our unique online learning portal gives you the opportunity to learn some of the necessary theoretical skills, without having to leave the comfort of home. The course is RYA approved, and is designed for students who cannot afford the time to attend lengthy shore-based classes. The online courses are tailored to provide the skills particular to the Day Skipper syllabus. In addition, we provide supplementary RYA course materials to further aid each student studying the theory element. Essential Navigation & Seamanship is a certified RYA course, for which, successful students will be offered a certificate upon arrival in Greece.

Got five minutes?

Why not try out our Online Course Demo with Steve from Corfu Sea School from the comfort of your sofa?

Course Schedule

Sunday: Arrival Day - students can arrive at any time during the day, instructors will be available to meet and greet at Blue Bar from 12pm.

Monday – Friday: Training, generally 8.30 – 5/6 pm. Friday evening - Certificates awarded and instructor disembarks training yacht.

Saturday: Relaxed day in Gouvia Marina for students - this is a great opportunity to explore Corfu town, go to the beach or relax by the pool at Blue Bar.

Sunday: - Students disembark training yacht by 8.30 am.

Our specialised training yachts & accommodation

Our courses are taught on our dedicated training boats, three Beneteau 393's. These are spacious modern cruising yachts, set up exclusively for teaching and equipped with all the essentials.

On board equipment

The yachts are furnished with modern instruments such as GPS, chart-plotter, Navtex and wireless wind, speed, and depth transducers. They have modern galleys which include a double sink, large fridge, and oven. Each boat is fitted with clean, modern heads and a holding tank.

Food & Drink

All breakfasts and lunches are included in the cost of the course, as well as two evening meals cooked on board. Greece is blessed with an abundance of tavernas, and there will be lots of opportunities to eat on-shore. If you have any special dietary requirements just let us know.

Showers, Linen & Towels

One bath sized towel per person, all bed linen, pillows and duvets are included. So, there is no need to bring along that most glamorous of items - required for many a training course in the UK - a sleeping bag. There is a shower on board, and the course often stops in ports that have showers and facilities ashore.

RYA Day Skipper - From £1095 

• 7 nights aboard the yacht, with 5 days full tuition, Monday - Friday

• Tuition from one of our brilliant instructors

• Online training provided by Corfu Sea School

• RYA course materials and Logbook

• Breakfasts, lunches and 2 dinners on board

• Fuel, water and marina fees

• Bed linen and towels

• Waterproof jackets

• Sunshine and swim stops

Flights to Corfu and/or local airport transfers can be arranged by Sailing Holidays, we will be happy to assist and quote for your requirements. Alternatively, you can make your own way to Gouvia Marina.

VHF Short Range Certificate - £120

Why not add the VHF certificate to your course? It is now a requirement to charter a boat in Croatia that at least one person on board has a VHF certificate. 

Combining an RYA Course and Flotilla Holiday

Simply ask about this at the time of booking. You will be able to combine an RYA course with our One Week Paxos Flotilla, One Week Highlights of the South Ionian Flotilla or our Two Week Whole Ionian Flotilla.

Combining an RYA Course and a Yacht Charter Holiday

Our independent yacht charter holidays do not include flights as standard but these can be arranged. If you are looking to combine your RYA course with a yacht charter in the Ionian Islands simply ask about this at the time of booking. Please note that if you are planning to skipper your own bareboat after completing the course, should you not pass, you will need to arrange and pay for an on-board skipper.

Which flotillas can I do after my RYA course?

One Week Paxos Flotilla

Two Week Whole Ionian Flotilla

Two Week Faraway Islands Flotilla

What are the next steps?

Like the sound of our RYA courses? Check out the options below for taking the next step to becoming a qualified skipper or crew member. Choose between booking a course with family and friends or booking a berth on board a shared course boat. 

Get in touch

Get in touch with one of our team in the London Office to talk you through our options. We have all been on the boats, know the instructors and most of us have even done the courses ourselves! Charlie is our RYA specialist and so if you have a burning question he is your man.

Join a training yacht

For the RYA courses you can simply book a berth on our school yacht, sharing the yacht with other students (you won’t be obliged to share a berth with someone you don’t know of course). The maximum ratio of participants to instructors, on each yacht, will be 4:1 (often 3:1).

Book a private course

Why not book a whole boat and a private instructor? With three or more of you embarking on a course there are no additional costs to pay. If you are a couple or two friends and would like a private course, you can pay an additional fee to have the instructor all to yourselves.

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