The RYA Day Skipper practical is a course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. The course is run in a SAFE but FUN and FRIENDLY environment aimed at BUILDING CONFIDENCE in your SKIPPERING ABILITY. You’ll learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t. The required pre-course experience is 100 logged sea miles, 5 days onboard a yacht and 4 night hours. Additionally, you are expected to have theory knowledge to the standard of Day Skipper theory. Before taking this course, if you are not sure that your sailing is up to speed, get in touch and we can help ensure this is the right next step for you.
Obviously a lot depends on the time of year, however whatever the season, it is always cooler at sea. It's also an outdoor, water sport so getting wet is part of the fun!
What you'll need:
- Enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved!
Wet weather gear – An outer, waterproof layer, with a hood*
- Several warm layers
- Sailing gloves (not just for warmth, for handling ropes)
- Waterproof, non-marking boots
- Non-marking shoes or trainers
- Sunhat (or cap)
- Sunglasses – polarised are best as they got glare
- Sleeping bag
- Quick drying towel
* We can lend waterproofs if required, please let us know at time of booking
There's free parking on site where the boat's moored at Hamble Yacht Services. For directions, click here. You'll get details of how to get access in the joining instructions which are emailed to you just prior to your booking start date.
Note: We do not take any responsibility for the security of your vehicle or possessions in your vehicle whilst parked on site.