Day Skipper Practical – Program Description

  • Course for aspiring skippers who have some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills
  • Learn to skipper a short passage with an instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety
  • Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t
  • Leverages the navigation knowledge gained from the Day Skipper Theory or Essential Navigation & Seamanship shore-based course
  • Pre-course experience – 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht
  • Assumed knowledge – Basic navigation and helmsmanship
  • It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand
  • Minimum duration – 5 days
  • Minimum age – 16

Course Content

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • “Rules of the Road”
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Handling emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising