RYA 9 day Day Skipper Practical & Shorebased Combined

9 Day Fast Track Winter offer



Book 2 weekend of 4 consecutive theory dates (see calendar below) and a spring practical.

Click here for the 2 weekend theory dates.

9 Day Sat to Sunday option.

SPECIAL: £780.  Pay half the course fee on Booking, the remainer by end Feb to qualify for the discounted price.

TO Book:

Please use the calendar and pay on line or bank transfer or give us a call on 01752 213121.  Don’t forget to order your portland plotter and divider set – see Extras.

Courses run from our dedicated classroom at Plymouth Yacht Haven.  Practical courses start from Sutton Harbour.


Our aim is to accommodate your busy lifestyle.  Other flexible Day Skipper course options (calendar below):

  • Fast-track  2 Weekends (plus 5 day practical)
  • 9 Day Sat to Sunday (theory and practical in one hit!)
  • Shorebased only – 2.5 weekends (5 days theory total)
  • NB: SRC Marine Radio courses follow on from the Day Skipper dates if required.

Click here FOR On-line SRC Radio,  Day Skipper theory and Coastal Yachtmaster


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Product Description

  • We offer a dedicated classroom facility at Plymouth Yachthaven Marina.
  • Enjoy your practical training on board our spacious Sunfast 37, boarding from Sutton Harbour and Plymouth Yachthaven Marina.
  • HOLIDAY TIME EFFICIENT: 9 days training within 1 working week.  Theory classes running Sat to Tues or over two weekends.  Practical courses Wed – Sun or over two weekends.  (Monday starts also available).
  • Book on line via our calendar.  Reserve your practical date in the spring.
  • WINTER SPECIAL – £780 discounted combined price plus £15 practical spring reservation fee (includes the practical course book, theory and practical must be booked together to qualify for the discounted price).  Competent Crew practical also an option.

Come and join us for a fun and an informative RYA Day Skipper Course starting from our Plymouth based dedicated training facility at Plymouth Yachthaven, Shaw Road, Mountbatten in Plymouth and start your practical from Sutton Harbour on the edge of the historic Barbican quarter.  There are good road links or a short ferry ride across the Cattwater joins our two centres. A separate ferry to Mountbatten is available for students attending the shorebased course from Mayflower marina.

Only using only one week of your holiday allowance.

The 9 day course runs from Saturday to Sunday – 4 days in the classroom and 5 days on the water.  Split dates available for 2018

The basis of our courses is one of student focus. We aim to improve your skills through a process of practical teaching methods, informal and formal assessment, feedback with loads of time for you to practice new skills within a fun, safe and challenging environment under the guidance of your instructor.

At successful completion of the course you will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Practical & Shorebased certificates and qualify to apply for the International Certificate of Competence which will enable you to Charter Yachts abroad.

The course price includes: Accommodation on board your yacht during the practical, food on board during the Practical course, the RYA Day Skipper course pack and hire of a Portland Plotter and set of Dividers, RYA Certificates including the new photo ID Day Skipper practical certificate. We give you the the option of staying on board during the shorebased (subject to availability) at £15 per person, alternatively stay at one of Plymouth’s superb B&B establishments.

Our instructors are friendly, experienced and professional and have been sailing with us for a long time.

Students who already have the Day Skipper shorebased certificate should go to the Day Skipper Practical page.

Students wanting to learn at a slower pace may wish to take the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course prior to joining.   GO TO E Learning

Booking:  Booking on line or give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Recommended pre-course experience.

Competent Crew and theory option – None, Day Skipper Practical, 80-100 hrs.   Why not join us for the Day Skipper theory and Competent Crew practical.  Please give Wendy a call on 01752 213121 if you are not sure if this is the course format for you.

Course detail


The basis of our course is student focus with lots of hands on practice navigating and completing
exercises using the charts. Classroom navigation includes position fixing, estimating position, course to steer, and calculating height of tide plus all the essentials of coastal navigation, pilotage, meteorology and electronic navigation.


Get the chance to put your theory into practice and reinforce what you have already learned in a practical environment under the guidance of your qualified and experienced RYA Instructor. Our planned training itinerary takes in the delights of Plymouth Sound, Tamar, Salcombe and Fowey allowing students to gain strong skills in our challenging environment. Topics include boat handling under power and sail, sail theory, pilotage methods and passage planning, mooring and anchoring skills