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Day Skipper Ultimate

Wanting to charter a yacht but don't have the license? Look no further, our intensive course is designed to get you from beginner to charter captain in just 3-weeks . The package includes RYA Competent Crew Practical, VHF course, exam and license, RYA Day Skipper Theory, & your RYA Day Skipper Practical


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Pre-Course Requirements

There are no pre-course requirements for this course as it is designed for beginners looking to better their knowledge. Whether you choose to study with us in the classroom or online, on completion you will have key skills that will aid in your next sailing adventure!

Our advice is to pick up the RYA Day Skipper Handbook and have a read through so you are familiar with some of the vocabulary used on yachts.

Course Syllabus

The RYA Day Skipper Ultimate is our very own “one-stop” package that will take you from enthusiastic beginner to confident Day Skipper in one inclusive course.  


The Course Syllabus includes:


  • Preparation for sea

  • Passage Planning

  • Pilotage

  • Passage making & ability as skipper

  • Emergency Situations

  • Adverse weather conditions

  • Yacht handling under power

  • Yacht handling under sail

  • Passage making

  • Night cruising

Start and Finish Location: Estepona

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Female student at the helm of our catamaran

What's Included

  • RYA Competent Crew Practical

  • RYA VHF Course

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory

  • Basic Food Provisions

  • Accommodation

  • Towels

  • Bedding

  • Life Jackets

  • Fuel and Marina Costs

What to Bring

Sailors are exposed to the elements and must always be prepared for 4 seasons. Due to limited storage on board, we always recommend you bring lightweight clothing to suit all possible weather scenarios. Key things to bring include;

  • Sun Protection 

  • Sun Glasses 

  • Boat Friendly Shoes

  • Passport 

  • Shorts & T-shirts 

  • Light Trousers 

  • Bathing Equipment 

  • Lightweight Jumper or Jacket 

  • Personal Care Equipment (Shampoo, Deodorant, prescription Medicines)

  • Anti Sea Sickness Tablets - especially if not an experienced sailor.

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Sail and Power flag blowing in the wind

Post Course

After being awarded your Day Skipper Certificate, with some more sailing miles under your belt you will be ready to take on the 5 day RYA Coastal Skipper course! As a coastal skipper, you will be able to sail up to 30 nautical miles offshore day or night.


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