RYA Day Skipper

Course pre-requisite: Ability to competently crew a yacht, helm a boat on all points of sail and a basic knowledge of navigation. Competent Crew certificate is an advantage but not essential.
Course duration: 5 days or two weekends.

This sailing course will teach you the skills you need to skipper a sailing yacht within sight of land, as you learn how to manage and direct your sailing crew. This is a practical sailing course at sea, and progresses on from the Competent Crew sailing course and Day Skipper Theory. Just some of the key skills you’ll learn include practical navigation & pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and safety at sea.

Prerequisite: Competent Crew recommended. Knowledge of Navigation up to Day Skipper Theory is Essential and basic sailing skills
Info: You may be asked to share a cabin with another participant
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Course outcome

After successful completion of the Day Skipper course you will possess the ability and knowledge needed to skipper a sailing yacht on short passages within sight of land. You will be issued with either an Irish Sailing Association or Royal Yachting Association Day Skipper tidal certificate. ICC certification is also available.

Additional information

This course is run with a max ratio of 5 students to 1 instructor ensuring individual tuition and comfortable living conditions. Our cruising ground is the spectacular West Cork coast from Cork to Bantry Bay. You may spend 4 nights on board and the price is inclusive of all meals on board the sailing yacht and all equipment needed.

Course Dates

5 consecutive days:

  • March 4th - 8th
  • April 29th - 3rd May
  • May 8th - 12th
  • May 22nd - 26th
  • June 12th - 16th
  • July
  • August
  • September

Weekends, one 3 day and one 2 day:

  • February 17th -19th & 25th / 26th
  • March 17th - 19th & 25th / 26th (St Patricks Day inc)
  • April 8th - 10th & 15th / 16th
  • May 12th - 14th & 20th / 21st
  • June 3rd - 5th & 10th / 11th
  • July
  • August
  • September


  • More courses to be scheduled soon.. watch this space 🙂

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