RYA Day Skipper Practical Course in Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course is taught on a cruiser of at least 7m LOA  and puts your Day Skipper Theory in to practice. So it’s a good thing to have completed your day Skipper Theory beforehand.

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course covers Pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to Skipper a motor cruiser safely by day in tidal / non-tidal waters with which the student is familiar, also with the introduction to night work.

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course is taken over 4-5 days depending on experience (ICC 24m)

Although it is not a requirement to have completed your theory prior to practical training, over the years it has proved to be a far better way of doing it, as there in not much time to teach/explain both the theory and practical in the time periods given.

The course is based on 4-5 days depending on your experience, covering longer passages than you may have covered during Basic Helmsman, there will also be a night navigation phase as an introduction to night passage making.

After discussions held with the RYA Chief Instructor Cruising the following training schedules are excepted.

You can do the theory course online, but we do not run online courses.

If you have already successfully completed your theory (can produce a certificate) the practical  course will be 4 days.

If you have part completed your theory (no certificate) then you can do a Theory Revision / Practical  course 4-5 or if required 5-6 days.

Should you wish to combine both the theory and practical courses in full, each course cut back by one day will be 8 days in total.

The minimum age for the course: 
Age 16

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course will cover the following:

  • Preparation for sea - Boat handling
  • Navigation - Plotting fixes, electronic navigation equipment, Waypoints, working up DR & EPs
    Tidal  heights  & tidal streams, Course to steer
  • Knowledge of - IALA  buoyage systems, maintenance of ships log, use of the echo sounder
  • Pilotage - Preparation & execution of a pilot plan for entry or departure from ports
    Understands the use of clearing & leading lines,  use of transits & soundings
  • Passage making - Meteorology, Rules of the road, Engines, Emergency situations, night cruising

The cost of the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course is:

When placing a booking:
5 Days Practical

With regret and due to the increase in services such as fuel and electricity during the past year.
For the first time in 5 years we need to change our prices.

1-2-1 instruction, £2500.00
Individual booking, £2050.00
Booking for two, £1650.00 each
Booking for three, £1550.00 each

This includes school boat hire and fuel + course material.
Own boat tuition: £200.00 per day for one client + £25.00 per day for each extra client + course material + travel if required.

For theory and practical courses:
Theory Revision / Practical Course add £200.00 per head per day (depending on number of days 4-5 days or 5-6 days)
For full combine theory and practical course 8 days £1800.00 per head


For more information contact Cliff on +447767398892 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Course Payments

A payment of 25% of the course cost is required to confirm the booking and full payment one week prior to the course start date.
Payments can be made by
Bank Transfer:
Card Payment: Debit cards no extra small admin charge for credit card payments  
Cash payments: on request