This is very much a hands-on course designed to teach practical skippering and seamanship techniques. It is therefore recommended that you take either the RYA Day Skipper or RYA Essential Navigation course before enrolling so you can put those skills into practice on the water. 

Your experienced RYA instructor will guide you through the necessary steps to taking charge and managing all aspects of sailing a yacht on short passages, including; navigation, meteorology, seamanship, sail handling, crew management and much more. 

Night sailing is also included within the syllabus.  

At the end of the RYA Day Skipper course you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day. Students who successfully complete the Day Skipper course are awarded the RYA Day Skipper practical which can be used to charter sailing yachts in many countries around the world as well as being a ‘must have’ for many insurance companies for yacht owners.  

This course will also enable you to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). This qualification is required by most European countries to validate your competence to own or charter a boat. The ICC, obtained by presenting your RYA Day Skipper certificate, will cover sailing yachts up to 24 meters in length in coastal waters.  

Prior experience needed: To the level described in our RYA Competent Crew course.

  • Previous Experience

    Sailing ability:  5 days onboard a sailing vessel, 100 NM logged and 4 night hours. Can be obtained by participation in RYA Competent Crew.
    Navigation and theory knowledge to Day Skipper Theory or
    RYA Essential Navigation Theory

  • Course Duration

    5 days
    OR
    3 weekends

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Day Skipper and ICC

A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

We cannot express how wonderful our experience was with Jamie . He is very professional and patient in teaching us how to handle our new acquisition. Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a novice, it’s well worth spending time with a calm and knowledgeable instructor from Southern Cross. Thanks Jamie

Lee-Anne Savin 2021
Lee-Anne Savin

What will you learn: 

  • Preparation for Sea 
  • Navigation 
  • Pilotage 
  • Meteorology 
  • Rules of the Road 
  • Maintenance 
  • Engine 
  • Radio Operation 
  • Victualling 
  • Handling Under Motor and Power