RYA Day Skipper Practical Course – 5 Days / 4 Nights Onboard

From: 795.00


RYA Day Skipper Practical Course – 5 Days / 4 Nights Onboard

From: 795.00

2022 Training Starts April / May

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Standard price is for a “Shared Double Cabin” : (Bookings of 2 people will automatically share / Private Cabins are limited Onboard)

There is also sleeping availability in the saloon, on deck under the stars or bring your own hammock to hoist on the bow.

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RYA Day Skipper Practical Course – 5 Days / 4 Nights Onboard

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RYA Day Skipper Practical – 5 Day Course – Individual Bookings

Yacht Sail Training offers a full range of courses with new courses and dates added regularly.

We offer RYA courses for individuals, groups and families onboard YST’s well maintained yachts, on your own bareboat charter yacht or even your personal private yacht. 
Other Services Include: 
Skippered Sailing Holidays + Bareboat Yacht Charter
We can even provide Skippers or Hostesses for your own sailing holidays, do you require a yacht moved or inspected? then ask for a quote. 


RYA Day Skipper Practical (Sail)

5 Days + 4 Nights Onboard

This is the RYA Day Skipper Practical Sailing Course, for aspiring skippers with yachting experience, navigation and sailing skills, looking to gain the RYA Day Skipper License and charter sailing yachts In The Future.

Become a RYA Day Skipper with a recognised RYA Sailing school.

Overall: This is a great introduction to sailing and is the pre-entry level and the minimum requirement for chartering yachts in many locations around the world, couple it with your VHF license and off you go.

Yacht Sail Training always recommends furthering your experience with a professional skipper and one of the best ways is to work through the RYA Syllabus.

Who Is This Course For?

The Rya Day Skipper Sailing course is for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills, looking to learn to sail and charter yachts.

Learn To Sail with Yacht Sail Training RYA Courses.

Become a RYA Day Skipper with a recognised RYA Sailing school and Learn to skipper a short passage with an RYA 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.


Virtually all the course is hands on. This is very much a Practical Sail Training course.

Pre-course experience - RYA Day Skipper (Practical)

In order to complete this RYA course it is required to have spent the following time onboard a sailing yacht: 


  • 5 Days Sailing (As an active crew member)
  • 100 Nautical Miles Of Sailing.
  • Experienced 4 Night Hours of Sailing
  • Completed the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course (Online or Classroom) OR have  sailing theory knowledge to Day Skipper level before commencing the course.

Students generally complete the RYA Competent Crew Practical course prior to this course and then the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course before joining. 

Pre Course - Assumed knowledge

Basic navigation,  helmsmanship.


It is recommended that you complete the RYA Day Skipper shore-based course before taking this practical course so you have the theory knowledge to complete the course. 


There is sadly not enough time onboard during a 5 or even 7 day practical training course to also teach 40 hours of RYA Day Skipper Theory. 


Please consider completing the RYA Day Skipper Theory online or in a classroom before joining. 

What Certificate Will I Recieve?

On successful completion you will receive:

RYA Day Skipper Sailing Qualification. 

RYA Day Skipper courses can be taken in either sail or motor yachts (This course is specifically for Sail) and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.


This is very much a hands-on course with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects.


It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water.

Course content

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation & Pilotage,
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance & repair work onboard
  • Engines checks & maintenance
  • Victualling
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising

Ability after the course:

Pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation, Can skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day

Minimum duration

This course is ran over 5 Days.


All your time is spent onboard throughout the course. 

You will be sleeping and living onboard.


If you prefer a longer period onboard check out our Private Yacht Training Courses.

Minimum age - 16

Yacht Sail Training however does have a 16 year old age limit for group courses. 


Students under 16 must be accompanied by an adult on Group Courses. 


For students younger than 16 please consider RYA Competent Crew Practical Courses or our Private Yacht Training Courses. 

After Successful Completion:

On successful completion of the RYA Day Skipper Practical the next stage would be the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore Theory Course followed by RYA Coastal Skipper Practical


Once completed this will then enable you to charter your own yacht in the future.


RYA Day Skipper is one of the minimum requirements for chartering a yacht in alot of countries.

Please also consider:

You may require to apply for an ICC and a VHF license on completion of the RYA Day Skipper practical course in order to use your qualification when chartering a yacht.

ICC Certificate: 

The ICC is available free to all RYA members who are UK residents.

Working Commercially With RYA Day Skipper Qualification: 

If you need a Day Skipper certificate in order to work on board a commercial craft subject the MCA's codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed.


You can then work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 5 and 6 waters - that is up to 20 miles from a nominated departure point in fine weather and daylight.


Please note: If you will be working in category 5 waters, you will need to hold both the shorebased and practical Day Skipper certificates, and get them commercially endorsed.

If you hold a non-tidal Day Skipper certificate and want to work in category 6 waters, you will also need to hold the Day Skipper shore based theory certificate.

Further information regarding category waters can be found here: 'Where you can work with RYA qualifications' has further information on the categorisation of waters.

Where Will We Sail?

During the course you will visit some some if the 1000 islands in Croatia that will include the islands of Brac, Solta, Hvar and Vis all weather dependent, but expect to have an enjoyable training holiday.

Cruising / Training Islands / ports: 

Split, Brac, Solta, Hvar, Pakleni Islands and occasionally Vis island also depending on weather conditions. Each night is spent in a new port, anchorage or marina. 

Yacht Sail Training also offer various sailing qualification over a longer periods of 6/7 days or more onboard.

Do We Offer - Private Yacht Training? - YES

We are able to charter the whole yacht for yourself so you can take your RYA Competent Crew course in a more relaxed environment with more one to one training. 


Most RYA courses are allowed a maximum of 5 students onboard + your RYA Instructor. 

Price includes: 

All onboard expenses (Except evening meals - Evening meals are normally enjoyed ashore).
Note: Evening meals are provided if shoreside services are not available if we are on a night sail or at anchor in lovely quiet bay) 

Also Included: 

Tourist Tax, Bedding, Towels, Fuel, WIFI, Mooring fees, Provisions for breakfast and lunches, Instructor and extra safety equipment, Log book per student, Certificates on successful completion**
**Certificates will only be provided on students meeting the pre-requisites for the specific course.

Not included: 
Travel to the marina and any optional Island tours and water taxis if you decide you wanted to do them after a day’s sailing. 
Evening Meals - Unless shoreside facilities are inaccessible.

Do you take deposits?

Yes we can accept deposits for all courses that are more than 120 days prior to Embarkation. 


We normally request a 30% deposit for these bookings. 


Remaining balance must be paid on or before the 120 days before Embarkation.

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General Course Information

Our Courses are:

All Inclusive** (Breakfast, lunch, port fees, fuel, tourist tax, maintenance, water, bedding, towels, cleaning.

What is not included?:

Evening meals (normally enjoyed ashore), Flights and transfers and alcohol, Please read the booking form for course materials provided with each course.  

Provisions: Breakfast & Lunch will be available with menu's, all food will be cooked by the crew on a rotation basis throughout the week

Would You Like a Hostess Onboard?

Private host / hostess if required, cooking breakfast & Lunch + internal cleaning costs £1100 per course and will cook for up to maximum of 4 guests and the instructor please note a hostess is only possible for 4 students or less onboard.

Marina Fees / Tourist Tax / Fuel: 

All included within tuition fee. (Please take out your own travel insurance for your own peace of mind).

Travel Expenses: 

Travel expenses to and from the marina are not included.

If arriving in Croatia early we recommend www.booking.com for for hotels. And for flights we recommend skyscanner.com.


For transfers from the airport to the marina we are happy to organise a taxi for you please book it when booking your course.

Alternatively there are local taxis at the airport or Uber works well in Croatia also. 

RYA Shorebased Courses (Classroom)

We are able to advise on reasonably priced accommodation near the sea. Tea & Coffee facilities are provided and you are able to purchase lunch just a short walk from the training centre during the lunch break provided. 

Please Note:

Yacht Sail Training shorebased classrooms and facilities are based in Split City which is 10-15 minutes drive from the our home marina base in Kastella Marina. 


(This is also possible by Uber Taxi: Approx €10-€15euros / bus approximately €2.50 or bicycle: 30 minutes cycling).

Travel to and from Marina Kastela, Split, Croatia: 

Flight Bookings:


Local Airports

Split Airport - Closest

Closest airports is Split.

Zadar Airport

Approximately 1.5 hours drive away. With a regular bus service connecting it to Split also. 

Dubrovnik Airport

(if travelling to Dubrovnik there is a connecting ferry or bus to Split which takes approximately 4.5 hours. Split Airport and Split Ferry port is located approximately 15 minutes drive away with regular bus services and taxi's also available. We recommend using Uber taxis.

Zagreb Airport

Located about 4.5 hours drive from Split. 

There is also a regular bus route and taxi services available from Zagreb Airport.


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Arrival/Embarkation Times:

Our “5 day RYA Practical Courses” commence at 9:00am on first day of the course.

When To Turn Up?

We ask that you turn up a little earlier around 8/8:30am to make sure you can find the yacht in the marina, take your cabin and meet the rest of the crew for the course.

Will I Get Breakfast On The First Day?

We advise having breakfast before arriving

(Please check your booking confirmation incase this changes) – 

Crew List Information - Pre Boarding

Crew list information will be required from each student after a booking has been made and this must be submitted 14 days before the start of a course.

A link will be emailed to you once a booking has been completed. 

The First Night?

First night may be spent in the home port marina after a day sail however if the day is progressing well we will aim to get out of the marina to one of the gorgeous islands on the Adriatic Coast.

Islands We Visit

The islands we often visit include: Brac, Hvar, Solta, Pakleni Islands, Scedro, Vis and Korcula. (Please note in a 5 day course you will not get to visit them all).

Breakfast & Lunch:

Provisions will be delivered to the yacht before you arrive so the course will be ready to start once you have dropped your bags in a cabin. 


We will either be in a new port, marina or harbour, spending the night on anchor or we will return to our home port. If there are not facilities to eat ashore provisions to make food onboard will be supplied. 

(This is all depending on the weather and the particular course structure required for your chosen syllabus).


All yachts will return to home port at 16:00 on the last day of the course and all students are expected to assist with a general clean and tidy up of the yacht.  

Disembarkation is usually at 4:30/5:00pm so cleaners can get onboard to sort the yacht out for the next course. 

End Of Course Drinks:

Most students then decide to enjoy an end of course beverage in Bavadria bar located in the marina. 

2022 RYA Course Dates & Prices

Please follow the below link: 


2022 RYA Course Dates & Prices


For current availability please contact us via email or Whatsapp.


More RYA course dates added regularly. 


We also offer Private Yacht Training and own boat tuition alternative dates. 

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