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Day Skipper

Pre-experience: 5 days, 100 nm and 4 night hours

Type: Practical course

Required experience: Basic sailing ability, navigation and theory knowledge.

Duration: 1 week

Certificate: RYA Certificate

Get your first sailing licence!

Make the transition from crew to skipper, developing the practical skills and confidence to take command of a small yacht. This course gives you the chance to take charge on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation.

Target group

Anyone who already gained basic sailing skills and knowledge wanting to make the transition from crew to skipper. Participants should be above 16 years old and interested in developing the practical skills and confidence to take command on a small yacht.


  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation & pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making
  • Night cruising

Course design

This one-week practical course is designed for a maximum of 5 students and takes place on the water. Students are accommodated on board. You might be onboard together with students at Competent Crew level.

 A qualified RYA instructor will deliver the course content tailored to the needs of the participants.

Any training week will start with a general introduction and safety brief as well as an outlook over the week. Tuition of any other areas of the syllabus including night sailing will be arranged flexibly according to the weather conditions and learning progress. Please do not plan additional activities. Expect a training week, rather than a cruising holiday.

After the course you will get a qualified debrief about your progress. The exam for the Dayskipper licence will take place on the final day of your practical training.

Certificate issuing criteria

Able to skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

Code of Conduct

Miles Ahead Sailing is committed to create an open, respectful and joyful learning environment, integrating everybody into the team.