RYA Day Skipper FastTrack


Intensive 9 day practical training course offering a fast track towards the RYA Day Skipper Certificate of Competence.

The course equips you with the knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.







Course content.

Preparing a yacht for sea, including checks

Navigation, position fixing, use of plotter 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


Emergency procedures, including the MOB recovery drill

Yacht handling under power and under sail

Passage planning and making

Night cruising

the basics of seamanship
the essentials of planning coastal navigation and pilotage
electronic charts and plotters
plotting a course to steer
collision regulations
construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat
Safety procedures and materials including flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and life rafts


The course is taught as a 9 days intensive course, either on consecutive days or as 2 session.


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 yacht safely by day in familiar tidal and non-tidal waters under normal conditions.


What's included

  • Tuition by one of our RYA instructors
  • Course materials including RYA Day Skipper practical skills notes.
  • Accommodation on board during the practical course days
  • Meals and drinks on board
  • All mooring and fuel fees
  • Free parking at our premises.
  • Certificate when successfully passing the exam.


Supporting courses

We recommend as supporting courses RYA Day Skipper shorebased, Diesel Engine and RYA Radar and other practical C-MASTERS courses,


Supporting books

We recommend the RYA Weather book, RYA Navigation handbook, and the RYA Sea Survival book.




Details of this course

Duration:  Either 9 consecutive days or two sessions (4 + 5 days)


Location from where this course will be delivered:

  • Kats (Zeeland, the Netherlands)
  • Nieuwpoort (Belgium) 


Previous experience: some practical experience is desirable


Assumed knowledge: knowledge at the level of Day Skipper shorebased theory is required


Number of students : 3


Minimum age: 18 years


Cost: on request


Course dates:

  • Please enquire for availability






Overview of our RYA theory courses



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RYA Day Skipper

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Short Range Certificate


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RYA Day Skipper 9 day FastTrack

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 C-MASTERS Training Centre Zeeland

               Veerhaven 3

               4485 PL   Kats

               The Netherlands



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