3. Day Skipper


Are you ready to take control of the yacht and command your own crew? If so, take the helm and take responsibility of the boat and crew, and navigate a passage under the careful guidance and safety of an experienced instructor during this 5-day, practical, hands-on RYA course. Day Skippers can sail on short passages during the day without supervision, putting you that much closer to your achieving your ultimate sailing goals.

If you are ready to move up a level, take control of a yacht. and command your own crew, the popular RYA Day Skipper course will teach you everything you need to know to skipper a yacht in familiar waters during the day. Spend five fun days on a modern yacht and make the transition from crew to skipper while learning practical hands-on skills like sea preparation, navigation, yacht handling, mooring, changing sails, passage planning, and how to sail overnight.  Upon completion of this course, you will have the confidence, skills, and experience needed to skipper a yacht during the day.

When you take the helm under the careful guidance of an experienced instructor, you will learn what it’s like to have complete responsibility for the boat, the crew, and navigation during this 5-day fully practical course. The Day Skipper certification will give you the skills and the confidence to sail without supervision during the day. The sea will be yours for the taking.

If you have some yachting experience that includes basic navigation and practical sailing skills, then you are ready to be a day skipper for short passages. The RYA Day Skipper certification enables you to safely take charge of a 30- to 45-foot cruising yacht with your family and friends for a weekend or a holiday. Skippering a yacht involves work, practice, dedication, and some key sailing skills like crew organization and watch keeping, but the RYA Day Skipper course prepares you to charter a boat or be the captain of your own ship.

The Royal Yacht Association administers the Day Skipper qualification, which proves you have the knowledge required to skipper a yacht on shorter, coastal cruises during daylight. It is part of a series of qualifications that include Competent Crew, Coastal Skipper, and Yachtmaster.

If you’ve already taken the RYA Competent Crew Course, the skills learned for Day Skipper will seem familiar. However, the training is more advanced, and you’ll gain experience making key decisions including what to do in case of an emergency, safety management, and where and how to moor the yacht. You’ll become comfortable delegating jobs to crew members and providing them with encouragement and motivation.

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What you’ll learn?

Preparation for sea

Deck Work




Rules of the Road

Maintenance and Repair Work



Emergency Situations

Yacht Handling Under Sail and Under Power

Passage Making

Night Cruising


The RYA Day Skipper Course includes five fun-filled days of practical, hands-on training, along with opportunities to make new friends with your fun crew.

Experience required

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory Course
  • 100 nautical miles
  • 5 days of sailing
  • 4 night hours onboard a sailing yacht

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

What’s included

  • Marina fees
  • Insurance while aboard
  • All mooring and fuel costs

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

What to bring?

Even in Mallorca, there can be sudden shifts in weather when you are sailing in the open sea. You should come prepared with a variety of clothing options and plenty of sun protection. You should bring along the recommended list of items found on the following page.

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