RYA Day Skipper Courses

RYA Day Skipper Courses

RYA Day Skipper Courses

 The RYA Day Skipper qualification confirms that the successful candidate has the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight and can help you find freedom to explore the ocean.

Our discounted Day Skipper Training Package is our most popular route to becoming a Day Skipper as it is flexible, includes all the courses you need and offers great value. Our Courses are run from Brighton Marina, East Sussex by fully qualified RYA yacht instructors.

Zero to Day Skipper Course

Become a Day Skipper with this flexible, great value package. From zero experience take our RYA Competent Crew practical course and Dayskipper Theory and Practical. This package also includes a Radio Course.

SAVE £293

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Day Skipper Practical Course

This qualification ensures the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight. The RYA Dayskipper is the qualification that you would need to charter a yacht in the UK and abroad. Extensive weekend and weekday dates available from Brighton or Gosport.

SAVE £199

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Dayskipper Theory

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

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Coastal Skipper

This practical course will teach how to skipper a yacht on coastal passages by day and night. The course includes; passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations. The course is run weekends and weekdays from Brighton or Gosport.

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Experience Building

Enjoy a weekend of sailing and build your experience whilst working towards RYA qualifications. Trips are lead by RYA qualified instructors and can start from Gosport in the Solent or Brighton.

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Yacht Charter

Skippered sailing boat charters with our professional instructors  from Brighton, Gosport and Barcelona. We can tailor the charter to suit your destination, needs and requirements.

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Customer Reviews

Was most impressed with Will Lowes, the skipper. He had a very relaxed, though efficient and professional, manner and managed extremely well the range of ages and experiences on board. He was upbeat throughout, got everyone working well together and taught extremely effectively. Not only a good sailor, but a good teacher.

Ralph Abercromby

The instructors were really helpful and aware of our individual needs. I loved this weekend, I want to do more! Lovely instructors and great fun!

Sophie Cotton

Outstanding course. Content delivered in a efficient, effective and friendly way

Alex Moody

Our instructor Jo is brilliant. Excellent teacher. Very knowledgeable and capable. The highlight of the course was the sunrise as we sailed out of Gosport.

Gerard Philips

Frequently Asked Questions

We have an experienced and professional team of instructors that teach: RYA Start Yachting, RYA Competent Crew, RYA Dayskipper, RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster.

RYA Competent Crew. This a 5 day practical course. Or for a taster the two day weekend RYA Start Yachting course.

The RYA Dayskipper. To start the RYA Dayskipper you will need your 5 day practical Competent Crew or equivalent experience. The Dayskipper entail 5 days of theory in the classroom and 5 days practical onboard the yacht. You will also need your VHF license which you can do with us online.

We have a Beneteau 36.7 and a Beneteau First 35.

The maximum on a yacht courses is 5 persons

The yacht courses run either Mon-Fri or over weekends from February to November.

If you are doing a weekday course you stay onboard the yacht. If you are doing the weekend courses, usually over the first weekend you do not stay onboard but the second long weekend you will stay onboard.

The courses start from our base in Brighton Marina: Pontoon 6, Brighton Marina, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 5UP, UK.

Weekend Part 1: We sail around the Brighton area.
Weekend Part 2: We sail to destinations such as Newhaven, Shoreham, Littlehampton and Eastbourne
Mon-Fri: We sail to France or the Solent

Food is not provided for the weekend Part 1 courses. For the weekend Part 2 and weekday Mon-Fri, various meals are provided. An exact breakdown will be given to you in our joining instructions.

We provide specialist equipment. In the winter months it can be cold, thermals, fleeces, woolly hats are all useful to have. During the summer months bring sun hats, sun block and sun glasses. Quick drying clothes can be very practical instead of jeans and good none slip, non marking footwear. Trainers often work well. We hire out our Musto waterproofs if required. If you are staying onboard the yacht you will need to bring sleeping bag and a pillow and possibly your passport for the week day practical courses.

Part of the enjoyment of sailing is being out in the elements, so it is important to be versatile to make the best of the conditions. If we cannot sail on a day due to weather conditions we will endeavour to cover theory and other useful skills such as mooring practice. At times we might cut short a course in which case you will be offered further days at another suitable time.

Yes, we offer Own Boat Tuition in all the RYA yacht courses. We will give you a check list of equipment you will need onboard and we can assign one of our qualified instructors to teach on your boat. If you do not have a berth in Brighton Marina our instructor can travel to your boat.

You can join for part 1 or part 2 of a weekend course to refresh yourself. We also do mile-building trips and race events such as Round the Island and Royal Escape - we are often looking for crew. We also have our Coastal Sailing Club for more information go to www.lagoon.co.uk/coastal-sailing-club/

Yes, in sunny Spain! We offer all the RYA yachting course from our base in central Barcelona. For more information: www.barcelonawatersports.es

Please click here for our full booking terms and conditions and ensure that you understand our cancellation policy.

Be aware rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

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

The reason for this is when you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking, we are therefore unable to offer that space to anyone else. We will have made commitments to staff for your booking and we may have turned away other bookings. Unfortunately we are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss. We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations as we are likely to incur costs.

Course Cancelation Insurance

You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation through CancelSure. Guide cost is £12 for the first £100 of cover and then £6 per additional £100

of cover and an excess of £25 per claim.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation maybe covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course when you stay on our boats.

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