RYA Day Skipper

The RYA Day Skipper practical course is taught onboard a twin-engine fly-bridge cruiser. You will learn pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a motor cruiser safely by day in waters with which you are familiar.

Our training vessel

This four-day course includes:

  • Safety and the Skipper’s responsibilities
  • Preparation & Passage Planning
  • Boat handling in confined areas and at sea
  • Navigation & awareness of electronics
  • Buoyage
  • MOB Procedures
  • IRPCS including Navigation lights
  • Pilotage
  • Emergency procedures
  • Securing to a mooring buoy
  • Anchoring

At the end of the course students should be capable of planning and safely completing a coastal passage by day including pilotage.

Whether they want to Skipper their own Cruiser or charter boats on a bareboat basis. This RYA training course is designed to consolidate and put into a practical context all areas learned on the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course.

The course offers a practical application of what is required to safely navigate a 10-24 metre power vessel in local waters.

The course will cover boat handling in confined areas of the marina as well as at increased speeds in open areas at sea. We will cover the use of electronic navigational aids such as GPS. which is now virtually standard equipment on modern vessels.

International Certificate of Competency (ICC ) Application

Successful completion of the Day Skipper practical course will automatically qualify you to apply for an International Certificate of Competency (ICC) 10-24 metres. The ICC is free if you are a member of the RYA. Download the ICC form here.

Pre-Course Experience

It is important that you have theory knowledge to the level of RYA Day Skipper. Ideally the RYA Helmsman course or other practical experience.

It is recommended you attend the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand.

Maximum ratio of students to instructor is 5:1.
Minimum Age: 16


On your successful completion of the course you will receive RYA Day Skipper practical certification.

Dates & Pricing

Please contact Nautical Circle for dates and prices on 01482 235 560.