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Day Skipper Motor

This 4-day course is designed for sailors looking to become a competent skipper for day sails.

Day Skipper Motor

This four-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.

1950 Euros

The ratio of student to instructor is 4:1 (usually 3:1)


Pre Course Requirements

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


You must have completed;

  • 2 days of practical experience on a motor cruiser

  • Over 16 years of age

If you have no experience we recommend you do the 2-day Powerboat Level 2 course first. 

*All motor courses require a certain amount of physical activity.  If you are unsure as to your ability to take part in a course please contact us to discuss. 


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.


Course Syllabus

You will learn how to take charge of the vessel safely and most importantly we understand the importance of good pre-planning. By the end of the course you should be confident to:

  • Safely maneuver a boat at high and low speeds

  • Understand the effects of weather conditions and tides

  • Make informed decisions about whether to go out in certain forecasts

  • Decide where to berth and what time of day to arrive

  • Delegate tasks and direct your crew

  • Adapt your plans when challenges arise

  • Look after all aspects of safety on board

  • Understand the rules of the road

  • Undertake some night cruising


What's Included

Here are a few things that are included in your RYA Day Skipper Course;

  • Welcome drinks on arrival

  • Breakfast & Lunch every day of the course.

  • Use of life jackets

  • Marina fees

  • Fuel for the duration of the course


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 30 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.