About the Event
This is a great chance to get out there and become the skipper, with the added bonus of only having to take one day out of the office on this five day course!
Get that qualification that you've been telling yourself to do for years now. You will meet with your fellow crew members on the first evening and get to know each other over a cup of tea. You then spend the next two weekends sailing the Solent and exploring some of the local ports such as Portsmouth, Yarmouth and Lymington*. Not only do you spend the days sailing you get the chance to do a night sail, what better way to really appreciate sailing but in the peace and quiet with clear skies...
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 to be able to charter a boat.
This five day course gives you a chance to meet other like minded ladies who want to get out there just as much as you do - 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!!
We run this course over TWO CONSECUTIVE weekends:
Weekend 1: Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Weekend 2: Saturday and Sunday
Take advantage of your RYA qualified instructor who loves being able to teach. She is there to help you as much as possible and loves watching everyone progress and achieve their Day Skipper, she will take you through the Day Skipper Syllabus and ensure that you are confident with every aspect of it.
The RYA Day Skipper course teaches the basic practical skippering skills to enable you to be a confident and happy 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, you aren't in a rush!
Your instructor will advise and coach you on 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 out 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 make sense for you!
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.
Before taking the Day Skipper practical course it is advised that you have knowledge up to RYA Day Skipper Theory, 5 days sailing, 100 miles and preferably some night sailing experience (although not necessary). Don't have enough experience?
*Your skipper will choose an itinerary based on the weather and tides for the week.