RYA Day Skipper
This course gives you the chance to take charge on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation.
The majority of the course will take place around the Fal Estuary, Helford Passage and surrounding coastline of Cornwall. We are lucky to be able to call this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our base, there are various marinas, visitors pontoon, moorings and anchorages so we have everything on our door step. As part of the course we need to undertake a longer passage, the destination is decided by the conditions on the course but a trip to Fowey is normally the plan. This gives another port to explore, different buoyage to navigate and some lovely pubs for dinner!
There is a huge amount to cover on the Dayskipper course so we run full days often into the evening, typically breakfast is around 7:30 and we are looking to start sessions by 8:30. If there aren’t any night exercises planned we would be looking to be moored up for the night by 18:30, although planning for the next day may well continue after dinner. All timings are pretty flexible depending on conditions and how time can be used most efficiently to give you the best course possible.
The RYA Dayskipper sailing course is designed to teach the skills required to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day. This includes, pilotage, boat handling under sail and motor, deck work, practical application of the navigation learnt on the Dayskipper theory course, boat maintenance, emergency situations, passage making and night cruising.
- Mixed group courses our teaching ratio is 1:4
- For private courses our maximum ratio is 1:5
- We use all three of our boats for training – About our boats – Take A Turn Yachting
- All of our boats are a similar size and are a 3 cabin layout.
- Breakfasts and lunch are included for each day.
- 4 evening meals are provided
- 1 evening we will go ashore for dinner – the cost of this is not included.
- There is always plenty of snacks onboard, cereal bars, fruit etc but if you have any specific favourite snacks it is best to pack some your self.
- Teas, coffees, herbal teas, squash and juice are onboard.
- Please do notify us at the time of booking about any specific dietary requirements.
- Everyone is expected to pitch in with the preparation of meals and drinks through out the day. Meals are generally made in advance and frozen so they can be cooked easily throughout the week.
- The majority of our courses take place on our larger 2 boats, these are both 3 cabin boats.
- Your instructor will take one cabin.
- This leaves 2 cabins and the saloon berths for the group.
- A single occupancy rate is offered if you would prefer to have a cabin to yourself.
- If we have a small group and our 33ft boat is available we may choose to take this rather than cancel a course.
The RYA Dayskipper course is designed to run with a crew of other Dayskipper candidates or with Competent Crew participants.
- Lifejackets and safety kit
- Food onboard
- Marina fees
- Passport picture for your certificate
- Copy of your theory certificate
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Sailing footwear – non-marking nonslip soles, wellies and or shoes
- Anti seasickness medication
- Any required medication
- Layers to go under waterproofs
- Hats, cap and woolie hat
- Warm clothes for the evenings
- Sleeping bag and pillow
- Phone charger and 12v plug
- Note book and pencils
- Refillable water bottle
- Head torch with a red light function (not essential but useful)
- Spare glasses if you need corrective lenses
- Wash kit and towel
- Foam earplugs
- A soft bag is far better than a suitcase
We have waterproof trousers available to rent for £30 per course, please let us know if you require these when you book on.