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Day Skipper

This 5-day course is designed for sailors looking to become a competent skipper for day sails.

From 950 Euros

Day Skipper

This five-day practical course is designed to show you the ropes as a skipper and teach you critical skills that will help you develop into the Skipper you have always wanted to become.

From 950 Euros

Pre Course Requirements

The RYA Day Skipper practical course requires that you complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory shore-based course to ensure you have the navigational skills required for the practical.


You must have completed;

  • 5 days of sailing

  • 100 nautical miles

  • 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht.

Our advice is to pick up the RYA Day Skipper Handbook and have a stress free read through so you are familiar with some of the vocabulary used on yachts.

*All sailing courses will require that you are in physically good shape. 


Course Syllabus

The RYA Day Skipper course is a 5-day course (9 days if both Practical & Theory) that starts at 0930 and finishes at variable times depending on the day.


The Course Syllabus includes:

  • Preparation for sea

  • Deck Work

  • Navigation

  • Pilotage

  • Meteorology 

  • Rules of the road

  • Maintenance and repair work

  • Engines

  • Victualing

  • Emergency Situations

  • Yacht handling under power

  • Yacht handling under sail

  • Passage making

  • Night cruising


What's Included

950 Euros inclusive of-

  • Welcome drinks on arrival

  • Breakfast & Lunch every day of the course.

  • 4 Nights accommodation on board the training yacht

  • Use of life jackets

  • Marina fees

  • Fuel for the duration of the course

  • Exclusive School T-shirt

  • Clean Bed Linen and towels


What to Bring

Sailors are exposed to the elements and must always be prepared for 4 seasons. Due to limited storage on board, we always recommend you bring lightweight clothing to suit all possible weather scenarios. Key things to bring include;

  • Sun Protection 

  • Sun Glasses 

  • Boat Friendly Shoes

  • Passport 

  • Shorts & T-shirts 

  • Light Trousers 

  • Bathing Equipment 

  • Lightweight Jumper or Jacket 

  • Personal Care Equipment (Shampoo, Deodorant, prescription Medicines)

  • Anti Sea Sickness Tablets - especially if not an experienced sailor.


Post Course

After being awarded your Day Skipper Certificate, with some more sailing miles under your belt you will be ready to take on the 5 day RYA Coastal Skipper course! As a coastal skipper, you will be able to sail up to 60 nautical miles offshore day or night.

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Marbella Sailing School is not just about being out on the water. Part of the RYA curriculum includes theory-based courses and vital skill training including First Aid & VHF Courses.

View all of our practical courses right here. Take to the sea and discover the joys of yachting while learning from experienced instructors who will make sure you learn & most importantly, have a good time.

For those looking to go from Zero to Hero, look no further than our Fast Track programs. Each one individually designed for your needs, whether it be for Charter or Professional work within the maritime industry.

Marbella Sailing School

Calle Guadalete 9C, Local 1
29603, Marbella,
Malaga, Spain

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