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3. Day Skipper

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Take control of the yacht and be in command of your own crew. You will take the helm and be given responsibility for the boat, the crew, and navigation under the careful guidance and safety of an experienced instructor at all times during this 5-day fully practical course. With the Day Skipper certification under your belt, you will finally be able to sail without supervision, and the sea will be yours for the taking.

What you’ll learn?


Five days

Experience required

It is a general requirement in sailing that the participant is in good physical shape.

What’s included?

Please note, price does not include accommodation on shore, travel insurance, and any other trip expenses.

What to bring?

Out in the open sea, you are exposed to the elements and can be subjected to sudden shifts in weather. While this is rarely dangerous, you’ll want to make sure you come prepared with a variety of clothing options and sun protection. We advise you to bring along with you a list of items that you can find in the following page.

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Whet your appetite for sailing with this two-day beginners course. Get hands-on and learn the basics of sailing and practical boating skills with high-skilled professionals in a safe environment. You’ll learn the fundamentals of the physics of sailing, etiquette on the water, and how to operate elementary features of a yacht. The Start Yachting course is the perfect introduction to being on the sea.

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Learn how to steer, handle sails, and generally form part of a sailboat crew in the Competent Crew course offered by Mallorca Sailing School. This course is perfect for beginners who want to get actively involved in all the technical aspects of sailing a yacht and experience life on board. Learn all about sail cruising, how to work in a team onboard and how to best aid the skipper – the perfect segue to later becoming one yourself.

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Skippers looking to take their sailing to an advanced level can consider the Coastal Skipper course, developing competency in undertaking coastal passages by night and in challenging weather conditions. This course goes into further detail on passage planning, boat handling, and sailing safety and handling of emergencies. Those with an already well-developed understanding of sea navigation and sailing can undertake the Coastal Skipper course.

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The next step-up from the Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper qualifications, considered by many to be the pinnacle of inshore sailing or the next step towards offshore or professional accreditation. The Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence provides practical and and theory instruction, followed by exams. Qualification will allow skippering up to 150 nm of harbour. Mallorca Sailing School is a sailing-only education provider, and as such, this practical exam is not available to be taken under power.

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The Yachtmaster Offshore certification allows skippers to take yachts up to 150 miles from harbour. The practical exam will test your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology, and signals. While no formal training is required to undertake the 5-day Yachtmaster Offshore exam, it is recommended that participants undertake informal preparatory training leading up to the test.

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