RYA Day Skipper Practical

Learn to sail with Fastack South Solent Sailing School. Get qualified to charter a yacht anywhere in the world!
The Day Skipper practical training course is designed for intermediate level sailors, teaching skills that will enable you to skipper and charter yachts on the Solent or other fabulous cruising grounds worldwide! During this sailing course you will discover the pleasures and pitfalls of taking command.
You will have control of the yacht for short passages during which time your instructor will be on hand to offer advice and encouragement, and to ensure that your destination is reached safely. The essential element is that you experience being in charge, taking the credit when all goes well and learning how to improve when things don't go as well. The end of each day is spent around the chart discussing the passages and gaining from each other’s experiences.

The location: You’ll be learning in the UK’s ultimate sailing destination, the Solent, home of the renowned Cowes Week, Round the Island and Fastnet regattas and fringed by the spectacular Jurassic Coast. Regular overnight anchorages and marinas include Gosport, Hythe, Lymington, Hamble, Southampton, Beaulieu, Portsmouth and Poole on the mainland and Cowes, Newtown Creek and Yarmouth on the scenic Isle of Wight.

Why take your Start Yachting course with us?

Our School Principal "Dave" has been a freelance sailing instructor for many years and has instructed for many of the sailing schools on the Solent. Dave has used this time gathering client feedback to develop his school to include many things to make your stay more comfortable, see our why us page for more info!

Ability after Course: Be able to skipper a 10-15m yacht in familiar waters and be eligible to charter a yacht anywhere in the world.


  • Skipper responsibilities
  • Living aboard
  • Victualling
  • Preparation for sea & safety checks
  • Stowage and pack up
  • Safety aspects & procedures
  • Emergency situations
  • Radio Procedures
  • Maintenance / Repair Work
  • Port entries & pilotage
  • Passage making & Coastal navigation
  • Log keeping
  • Boat Handling under sail and power
  • Meteorology
  • Deck Work
  • Engines & checks

We also check your knowledge and competence in all aspects of the theory which you will have covered in the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course.

Prior experience and training: A minimum of the RYA Competent Crew course and the Dayskipper Shorebased Theory is recommended. If you have extensive previous experience that deals with the syllabus and have navigational skills up to the RYA Day Skipper level you may be able to enter at Day Skipper Level. Please contact Dave on 07506 122584 to discuss this.

Duration:  This course is offered as a 5 day intensive course 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or as a split 2 and 3 day course over weekends.

Price: £559   (£759 for single cabin occupancy)

Upcoming dates:  All weeks/weekends available

17th - 21st July - Fully Booked

22nd - 23rd July - Fully Booked

24th - 28th July - Fully Booked

29th - 30th July - 5 Spaces Available

31st July - 4th Aug - 5 Spaces Available

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