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Day Skipper Motor

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Take control of the yacht “and” your crew. During this four-day practical course, you will be given full responsibility at the helm for the crew and navigation with the instructor on hand at all times to provide advice and encouragement and to ensure your safety.  This is designed for sailors looking to become a competent skipper for day sails.

From 1750€

Two members of Sail and Power staff looking out at the sea

Pre-Course Requirements

The RYA Day Skipper practical course recommends that you complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course to ensure you have the navigational skills required for the practical.


You must:

  • Have completed 2 days of practical experience on a motor cruiser

  • Be over the age of 16

If you have no practical experience then we recommend that you complete the RYA Helmsman's Course or Powerboat Level 2 Course first. Our advice is to pick up the RYA Day Skipper Handbook so you are familiar with some of the vocabulary used on yachts. 

*All sailing courses will require that you are in physically good shape.

Course Syllabus

You will learn how to take charge of the vessel safely and understand the importance of good pre-planning. By the end of the course you should be confident to:


  • Safely manoeuvre a boat at high and low speeds

  • Understand the effects of weather conditions and tides

  • Make informed decisions about whether to go out in certain forecasts

  • Decide where to berth and what time of day to arrive

  • Delegate tasks and direct your crew

  • Adapt your plans when challenges arise

  • Look after all aspects of safety on board

  • Understand the rules of the road

  • Undertake some night cruising

Start and Finish Location: Estepona

Student at the helm of the motor boat
Our sunseeker camargue 50 gliding through the waves

What's Included

  • 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.

Student at the helm of the Sunseeker during a night sail
Successful students (4) posing in front of the Sail and Power Sign

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 Motor Course! As a coastal skipper, you will be able to sail up to 30 nautical miles offshore day or night.


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