RYA Day Skipper Combined Course

RYA Day Skipper Combined Course

Learn to skipper a short passage with an instructor on hand to give tuition, advice and ensure your personal safety. The RYA Day Skipper qualification confirms that the successful candidate has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight.

This consecutive 9 day course combines the theory and the practical parts of the RYA Day Skipper course from Brighton.


Course Includes

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical

Course Plan

  • The first 2 days – Day Skipper Theory in the classroom
  • The next 5 days – Day Skipper Practical aboard the yacht
  • Final 2 days – Day Skipper Theory in the classroom

The course

On the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course you will gain experience through planning and completing passages, including a night sail. You will also practice lots of close quarter handling skills and mooring in a range of marinas – offering more interesting ways to tie up for the night! After the course you will be able to apply for your ICC (International Certificate of Competence).

Our skipper, Joe Fry was patient, informative, worked hard to keep us ship shape and happy during some difficult moments

David Webb

Joe is a very experienced and enthusiastic instructor with limitless patience. He made the whole experience very enjoyable. Highlight of the course was a gorgeous night sail in The Solent

Simon Farrell

Thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to follow my passion, meeting likeminded enthusiastic people

Penny Triggs

I had a fantastic and rewarding Day Skipper course. Staff were at tentative, friendly, knowledgable. Looking forward to more in the future.

Mark Bishop

With a confident and experienced instructor, the course flew by. Highlights included helping in force 6 winds, watching the sea birds flock behind, a night sail and a beautiful sunrise on our final day!

Gary Jones

Fantastic Day Skipper practical course. Anna was an A class trainer. The facilities were fantastic and company was very professional

Hannah Robinson

Course objective:

Gain RYA Day Skipper certificate. You will be licensed to skipper your own boat and charter a boat both in the UK or abroad.


RYA Competent Crew course or similar sailing experience.


Run over 9 days.

  • The first 2 days Day Skipper Theory
  • The next 5 days will involve Day Skipper Practical
  • Final 2 days will involve Day Skipper Theory


Brighton Marina, BN2 5UP


Courses are run from Febuary to the end of November. If you cannot find a date please contact us. Private tuition and own boat tuition is also available.


Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 1 or email us.

If you cannot find a date please contact us. We also run the RYA Dayskipper from Barcelona

Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

Map / Directions
What to Bring
Course Plans
Cancellation Policy

Lagoon Watersports @ Brighton Marina
Pontoon 6
Western Concourse
Brighton Marina

We have two centres in Brighton. This activity take place from Lagoon Watersports in Brighton Marina DO NOT go to Lagoon Watersports, Hove Lagoon. If you are taking a taxi please make this clear to the driver.

Finding Lagoon Watersports once you are in Brighton Marina
Head towards the waterfront where you will see all the cafes and restaurants. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large bridge heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.


To Brighton Marina by car
Approaching the marina from the A27 take the B2123. Turn right at first set of traffic lights, signposted Brighton Town Centre, Racecourse and Marina Village. Turn left at second set of traffic lights, pass the Racecourse and follow the signs for the Marina Village where there is free parking for 1500 cars in the multi-storey car park. From the car park you can either go across a linking bridge on level 6 or from the ground floor of the car park towards all the waterfront cafes and bars. Walk to the end of the boarded walk way where there will be a large ramp heading down towards the pontoons. We are the first set of pontoons on the right. Pontoon 6.

By Bus
Brighton and Hove bus service operates a number 7 bus approximately every 15 minutes 24 hours a day, from Brighton Town Centre (North Street or Queens Road), to the Marina Village.

By Bike
Brighton Marina has a bike share station which is either pay per minute or a yearly membership, go to https://www.btnbikeshare.com for more information. For your own bike, racks are available on the main concourses of the pontoons. You must use the racks and not leave bikes on the pontoons otherwise Premier Marina will take them away.

On foot
Brighton Marina is a pleasant walk along the seafront from the centre of Brighton, it is 20 minutes walk from the main West Pier. During the summer you will also find the Volks electric railway operates along the front.

By train 
The nearest main line station is Brighton with regular connections to Chichester, Portsmouth and London is under an hour away. nationalrail.co.uk

By Air
Brighton is within easy reach of Heathrow and Gatwick international airports. Follow the A23 from Gatwick to Brighton. Shoreham airport is also available for private light aircraft.

What to Bring

  • Be prepared for changeable weather, bring plenty of layers
  • Quick drying clothes can be very practical, avoid jeans
  • There is limited space on board, only bring one large bag
  • Gloves for warmth and rope friction protection
  • Sunglasses, sunhat and suncream for summer months and woolly hats, thermals and layers for winter months
  • Deck boots and non-slip deck shoes or trainers that don’t mark
  • We can supply waterproofs for hire, Musto BR1s. You will need to order these in advance so we can have them ready for your arrival. If you have your own waterproofs, please bring them, they are a necessity
  • Sleeping bag, pillow and towel
  • Passport as you may go to France
  • If you are worried or unsure whether you suffer from seasickness then pills and wrist-bands work well. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach and take tablets with breakfast if you have never been sailing on the sea before, sometimes the motion takes a while to get used to
  • The marina fees are not included and vary and are shared during the week. Please allow £25 for the week.
  • Over 5 days and 4 nights we supply: Four breakfasts, five lunches and one dinner. Meals will be nutritious with a few treats thrown in. Feel free to bring any extra food you may want.
  • RYA Dayskipper requires a photo with the certificate so please bring two passport photographs


RYA Dayskipper Practical Course : Monday to Friday

  • Includes breakfasts, lunches
  • Waterproofs included (Usually £25)

You will stay aboard the yacht and depending on weather conditions you will be sailing across to France or heading towards the solent. You will be staying in different ports to give you as much sailing experience as possible whilst covering all the syllabus of RYA Dayskipper Practical. Either direction you will have a fantastic sailing course, visiting great locations with our experienced and professional skippers.

RYA Day Skipper Course syllabus will cover:

  • Preparation For Sea
  • Deck Work
  • Navigation
  • Rules Of The Road
  • Maintenance & Repair Work
  • Emergency Situations
  • Engines
  • Yacht Handling Under Power & Sail
  • Passage Making
  • Night Cruising
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology

Week Day Courses : Download our Course information Pack 

Weekend Courses :Download our Course information Pack

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course

This course is a comprehensive introduction to navigation for inexperienced skippers and is an essential preparation for our RYA Day Skipper Practical course.

The Day Skipper Theory Course Content

  • Seamanship
  • Chart Familiarisation
  • Tidal Heights
  • Tidal Streams
  • Secondary Ports
  • Position Fixing
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Estimated Position
  • Course to Steer
  • Using the GPS
  • Chart Work Exam
  • Buoyage & Pilotage
  • Safety
  • Meterology
  • Passage Planning
  • Collision Regulations
  • Passage Making
  • General Exam

Course Objective: You will be able to navigate around familiar waters by day

Course Assessment: Two exam papers

Prerequisite: Competent Crew Practical or Equivalent Experience

Changing Bookings

When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.

If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss.  We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.

We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.

Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges
You may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :

• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit
• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.

The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:

• More than 4 weeks before course/event  –  90% discount on full brochure rates
• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates
• 13 days  – 72 hours before course/event –  50% discount on full brochure rates
• 72 hours or less  –  25% discount on full brochure rates

For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:

4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £20
2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50
3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100
24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather
On some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.

On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.
If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.

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Yacht Courses at Lagoon Watersports

  • Well maintained yachts with expert tuition
  • Brighton Marina is the perfect gateway to the open sea
  • Less than 3 miles from Brighton Pier right on the sea front at Brighton Marina
  • Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 5 people to ensure individual attention
  • Run by highly experienced, qualified and friendly RYA instructors
  • All specialised equipment is provided, including lifejackets
  • Great marina facilities with changing rooms and hot showers as well as restaurants, bars & shops