The RYA Day Skipper/Bare Boat Skipper practical course you teach the essential practical skippering/sailing techniques and is internationally recognized as a level of requirement for bare boat chartering. Completion of a RYA Day Skipper shore based theory course beforehand will greatly enhance the value of this practical course.
Each person is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short passage. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety.
Whilst living aboard throughout the course, you will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.
A skipper is totally responsible for the management of a yacht, so the course also includes meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. In addition, night sailing is undertaken to give you a taste of pilotage in the dark.
By the end of this course the successful Day Skipper will be able to undertake short coastal passages by day. Successful completion of this course means that you can charter a yacht worldwide with confidence.
Piers was brilliant, confidence building, great teacher and patient, cannot sing his praises enough. I felt totally safe and looked after at all times. Think you have it all covered nicely. Especially lucky to have such a great Capt Piers to teach us and professionally look after us at all times, Helen of Mooloolaba
What experience do I need?
RYA Competent Crew or 5 Days sailing, 100 miles, 4 night hours plus knowledge up to Day Skipper shore based standard.
What will I learn?
Preparation for Sea
Rules of the Road
What do I bring?
Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.
What about meals?
All meals are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this in advance when you register for the course and we do our best to accommodate.