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RYA Day Skipper
Practical power

4 days


A great course to gain confidence at the helm and in navigation and safety. This course can also help you get the best from your modern electronic aids such as GPS and radar.


The course is accredited for users in daylight conditions. Before attending the course you should attend the RYA Day Skipper shore based course.


Before attending the course you should be able to navigate and are well advised to attend the RYA Day Skipper Shore-based course to brush up on your skills.


We are talking about things like safety, collision regulations, navigation (on paper and electronically) and weather. Generally, this is delivered in the classroom, but it can be delivered via an online learning course with support from an instructor.


Ideally, to take the course you should have:


Pre-course experience: 2 day practical experience on a motor cruiser Assumed knowledge: It is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper Shorebased Course before taking the practical course


Minimum duration: 4 days

Minimum age: 16


The best part about learning in a controlled environment is that there is an experienced RYA instructor on board ensuring your safety, while guiding and encouraging you to practice your manoeuvres.


By the end you will be a confident and capable skipper, able to assess situations and make qualified decisions for the benefit of the motor cruiser and its crew.


RYA Chief Instructor for Power and Motor, Rachel Andrews, said: “RYA Day Skipper for Motor is a brilliant investment for anyone who has bought or is thinking of buying a new vessel. Not only is it a fun course, it teaches you how to use your boat and enjoy it.


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 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

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