About The Event
The RYA Day Skipper course teaches the basic practical skippering skills to enable you to be a confident and happy day skipper of a yacht on short passages by day. During the week each person has the chance to act as skipper. This will include planning on where to go, when to get there and obstacles that may be in the way. You will practice mooring in many different ways and go through things in as many difficult ways in case you ever feel you may be caught out. Your instructor will always advise you on the safest way to do things, and to remind you that you aren't in any rush!
On our RYA Day Skipper in the Caribbean there is also an opportunity to be introduced to or refresh your navigation skills and your instructor will guide you through using these practically on the water. She will also advise and coach you on the general day-to-day running of the boat such as preparing the boat for sea, engine checks, checking weather forecasts and being able to present a safety brief to your crew. Whilst sailing, your instructor will run through various practices such as reefing, how to trim the sails, rules of the road and general deck work and any other areas you may not be confident or confused with. Take advantage of her knowledge and better yours in any way possible, she will explain it to you in a way that makes sense for you.
The Day Skipper course includes everything you could possibly need to be in charge of a boat, and most charter companies will require a Day Skipper certificate for you to be able to charter a boat.
This 5 day course also gives you a chance to meet other like-minded ladies who want to get out there just as much as you do - in the relaxing waters of the beautiful Caribbean. Don't worry if you are coming on your own, by the end of the week you will feel like you've known your fellow crew members forever!!
By the end of this course you should be a successful RYA Day Skipper and be able to undertake short passages by day in tidal and non-tidal waters - and have enjoyed a Caribbean holiday with a difference!
Who is the Day Skipper course for?
Perhaps you've successfully completed your RYA Competent Crew course and/or learned to sail with some basic knowledge about how to crew a yacht. This probably includes trips with the family/friends or previous dinghy sailing experience but now you want to take on the challenge of becoming a skipper! It's time to complete your RYA Day Skipper course. This is the next step in feeling even more confident on a boat. You can undertake this 5 day course over 5 consecutive days or across 2 weekends and we coach you through the RYA syllabus which will ultimately leave you able to skipper a boat during the day in familiar waters.
What does the Day Skipper course cover?
The main points you will be covering in the RYA syllabus during these 5 days are;
- Preparation for sea
- Deck work
- Navigation & pilotage
- Rules of the Road
- Maintenance and repair work
- Emergency situations
- Yacht handling under power and sail
- Passage making and night cruising
- Everything you need to be able to skipper a yacht in familiar waters yourself....
- See the full syllabus here
How exciting does this sound??? Just imagine yourself at the helm of a boat, skippering and feeling confident with everything you're doing....!