RYA Practical Week


Ages 18 +
Can be used for RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper, or Coastal Skipper certification
Qualifies for DofE Residential

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Course Content
  • Navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and skippering techniques
  • Practice mooring under various conditions of wind and tide
  • Visit different harbours and anchorages to practice pilotage techniques
  • Complete up to 4 hours of night sailing to experience night pilotage and identify lights

Skippering a yacht for the first time can be a daunting yet exhilarating experience.

The Day Skipper Practical Course is designed to teach you to “Take Command” of a small yacht by day in familiar waters safely and confidently.

A skipper does much more than navigate. They are responsible for the complete safety and well being of the yacht and crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualling, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, watch keeping, navigation and pilotage.

Your instructor will be on hand to teach you these skills as you put them into practice, skippering the yacht on short passages around the Solent.

Additional information

Included in Course Fee

– Instruction
– Accommodation on yacht
– All snacks & meals onboard
– Mooring fees
– Gas & fuel
– Use of life jackets
– Free parking

Not included

– One evening meal (eaten ashore)
– Loan of waterproofs
– Day Skipper Theory online course

Essential Reading

Day Skipper Theory and Practical Books (for Day Skipper candidates)

Pre-Requesites for Day Skipper Candidates

– 5 days aboard
– 100 miles logged
– 4 night hours
– Minimum age 16
– A knowledge of basic navigation to day skipper shore-
based standard and sailing ability

Joining Instructions

start time: 0800 on Monday
(You are welcome to join us Sunday night, if that is more convenient for you.)

RYA Practical Week

28 Aug – 1 Sep 2023, 25 – 29 Sep 2023


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