RYA Day Skipper

From: 890,00

This course is best-suited for those who want to develop their dexterity, know-how and knowledge in sailing.

The RYA Day Skipper practical course is ideal for those who want to improve their skills, expand their knowledge and gain experience in order to be able to skipper a yacht safely with confidence in familiar waters by day. At the end of this course you will be able to skipper a yacht in short passages. This course is more intense than the Competent Crew course as we will go deeper on all of the aspects of the Day Skipper theory and we will transfer everything you learned on the theory course into practice. We will work on yacht handling techniques under sail and power and we will develop together your skippering skills. During the week you will prepare passage plans, you will navigate, you will organize a night sail and you will be in charge at times in order to gain experience as a skipper.

The tuition yachts are ready for accommodation by Saturday midday.

On day one you will join the yacht and you will meet the rest of the crew and your instructor. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and briefed by your instructor about the basics regards the yacht and the surroundings. Once everyone has arrived we will have the chance to discuss the course and the plan for the week.
On Sunday the Day Skipper and the Coastal skipper candidates will have the chance to revise the theory and the competent crew candidates to familiarize themselves with the yacht and her equipment.

The course starts on Monday morning from our base in Lefkas and finishes on Friday afternoon back in our base.

During your training, you will sail a minimum distance of 100NM around the islands of the Ionian and you will visit the most interesting and beautiful ports of the area.

On our daily routine, we will have lunch and swim stops in one of the most idyllic bays of the Ionian islands and we will spend the night in a different destination at a time, where you will have the chance to explore the local culture and cuisine of Lefkada, Kefalonia, and Ithaca.

The yachts for Private Tuition are ready for accommodation by Saturday midday, the course starts on Sunday and finishes on Friday afternoon back in our base.

By Saturday 09.00 we will have to leave the yachts in order for our base crew to get her ready for the next group.

The RYA Day Skipper certificate is the minimum accepted certificate by the most authorities worldwide in order to charter a yacht. In addition the holders of an RYA Day Skipper certificate can apply to the RYA for an ICC ( International Certificate of Competence ) which is internationally recognized qualification.

The participants of the RYA Skipper practical course are expected to have the required level of theory knowledge ( Day Skipper theory level ). This 6 days practical course includes lots of navigation, chartwork and sailing and therefore there is not enough time for the instructor to teach theory from scratch. Your instructor though will coach and guide you in order to fill any gaps you have in theory and navigation.

  • 5 days
  • 100 miles
  • 4 night hours
  • Competent crew level skills & experience
  • Day Skipper level theory knowledge (we strongly recommend that you do the Day Skipper theory course before the practical. This can be done online or in a classroom)
Duration 5 days training + 1 extra day on board
Minimum Recommended Age 16
Students – Instructor Ratio 5:1 maximum
  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Victualing
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising
After the Course Experience
  • 6 days on board
  • 100 N.M
  • 4 night hours
  • Ability to skipper a yacht in short passages
Certificate Granted
( upon succesful completion )
RYA Day Skipper Certificate
Price for individuals *
  • Low season 890 €
  • Mid season 990 €
  • High season 1090 €

Plus 50% for single cabin use

Price for private tuition **
  • BAVARIA 39/ FLUID 1/ 2008
  • BAVARIA 40 / VASSILIKI/ 2011
  • DUFOUR 390/ FLUID 2/ 2021
  • Low 4100 € / Mid 4700 € / High 4900 €
  • Low 4700 € / Mid 5200 € / High 5600 €
  • Low 5600 € / Mid 6100 € / High 6600 €
  • Low season Before May 21st & After Oct 1st
  • Mid season May 21st to Jul 16th & Aug 27th to Oct 1st
  • High season July 16th to August 27th
  • INDIVIDUALS Join our tuition yacht together with other students and learn how to sail in the Ionian combing training with holidays. You will share the yacht with maximum another 4 students plus the instructor . Provisions for breakfast and lunch as well all the expenses of the yacht are included in the price. Accomodation may be shared and sallon berths may be used.

  • PRIVATE TUITION For small groups of friends and families who want to learn how to sail together the option of a private tuition is ideal as you won’t share the yacht with someone else except your instructor. Charter a coded vessel from our fleet considering a cabin for your instructor and combine training with holidays. ( fuel, provisions, the cost of the instructor’s meals and mooring fees are not incuded in the price )


The Day Skipper course is the first training course you can attend in order to skipper a yacht. Expanding your knowledge and gaining experience in the world of yachting is a non stop procedure. After you have gained adequate experience as a Day Skipper the next step is usually the RYA Coastal Skipper course which is the stepping stone for attending a Yachtmaster Coastal or offshore preparation and exam in order to gain your profecional qualifications. After the course you will be given an individual full debrief from your instructor who will advise you on the next steps

What’s Included

  • Training by certified & experienced RYA instructors

  • Provisions for breakfast, snacks and lunch on board

  • Soft drinks

  • Fuel, gas, water

  • Bed linen & towels

  • Available course material

  • V.AT

What’s not included

  • Cost of drinks & meals ashore

  • Cost of transfers and flights to / from our base


  • Ideal for those who want to become skippers

  • Improve skills, gain experience, expand knowledge

  • Day Skipper certificate holders can aply for an ICC

  • Students – instructor ratio 5:1

  • Minimum of 100 N.M

  • Minimum of 6 Ionian destinations

  • 4 hours night sail

  • Crystal clear water anchorages

  • Local cusine & culture

  • Combine training with holidays

  • You will need to bring a passport sized photo