RYA Day Skipper motor cruising


The 4 day RYA Day Skipper practical motor course is for aspiring skippers who have some yachting experience, and who are proficient on basic navigation and power handling. This course will teach you new motor cruising skills, practical navigation and taking control over the yacht and your crew during daytime passages.





Course content

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and teach you new techniques. Experience being in charge, managing your crew and your yacht, while navigating and executing teamwork manoeuvres during day-time.

This course is available as 4 consecutive days and also as a course divided over 2 weekends.

Amongst other you will learn

  • Preparing a yacht for sea, including checks
  • Navigation, position fixing, use of electronic navigation and chart work
  • Deck work, such as anchoring
  • Pilotage for entering or leaving harbours
  • Meteorology and practical weather forecasting
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Diesel engine, including engine checks and fault finding
  • Victualling
  • Emergency procedures, including the MOB recovery drill
  • Passage planning and making
  • Night cruising


How to prepare yourself for this course

In order to get the most out of your course, we offer you the possibility to do our online pre-course knowledge quiz. The quiz helps you to test your knowledge and to assess whether you need more preparation in some areas. 


Ability after the course

At the end of the course you should achieve a level of seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising motor yacht safely by day in familiar tidal and non-tidal waters under normal conditions.


What's included

  • Tuition by one of our RYA instructors
  • C-MASTERS Pre-course knowledge quiz
  • Lunch and drink on board 
  • All mooring and fuel fees
  • Free parking at our premises 
  • RYA Day Skipper personalised Certificate of Competence








Details of this course

Duration:   This non-residential course is available as 4 consecutive days or divided over 2 weekends. 


Location from where this course will be delivered:

  • Kats (Zeeland, the Netherlands)


Previous experience:   You should already know how to operate a motor vessel and have logged at least;

  • 5 days aboard a yacht
  • 100 nautical miles
  • 4 night hours


Assumed knowledge: Your should have a Day Skipper theory certificate (or equivalent course). Your knowledge of IRPCS, navigation and meteorology must be at the standard of the RYA Day Skipper shorebased theory course or equivalent course.


Language: This course is provided in English.


Minimum number of students:  2


Maximum number of students: 4


Cost: 1700 euro for course over 4 consecutive days

           cost of the course divided over 2 weekends on request




Next steps

After successfully completing this course, we recommend extending your knowledge with some of our RYA specialist shorebased courses, in particular the RYA Radar, RYA Diesel Engine and the Short Range Certificate VHF course, ideally combined with practical training as part of our C-MASTERCLASSES.

The Day Skipper Certificate of Competence can be commercially endorsed for anyone with ambition to find work as a professional crew member.

After building up experience during daytime passage, it will be time to learn making longer passages both during day-time and night-time, by joining our RYA Coastal Skipper course.


Supporting courses

We recommend attending the RYA Day Skipper shorebased theory course before following the Day Skipper practical course.



Register for joining this course


Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:

  • 4 days course divided over 2 sessions on 26-27 July and 2-3 August
  • 4 days course divided over 2 sessions on 4-5 October and 18-19 October






My overall satisfaction is 10/10


The instructor is superb. The boat is great. This course increased my interest in navigation and in sailing. Overall, I trully recommend this training centre.

I have completed RYA Dayskipper course here. I am really satisfied and plan to continue my courses with this school.


-- Sergey --




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