RYA Course - Day Skipper

File 1145The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course is conducted on board a cruising yacht to teach navigation and pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and safety.

The entry level for the ‘Day Skipper’ qualification has a minimum age limit of 16 years and takes those with at least 100 sea miles including 4 nights hours and Day Skipper Theory certificate or relevant navigational experience.

• 5 days      
• Professional Instructors        
• Relaxed Tuition
• Quality Food
• Great Fun
• £545

Price includes all accommodation, tuition, meals onboard, use of wet gear and pick up from local station.

Successful candidates will be deemed qualified to Skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters with which they are familiar.

For more information please read on........
Or call 01326 212320, Alternatively email us to make a booking.

RYA Day Skipper

Trysail's Day Skipper Practical course is run from the historic Port of Falmouth and normally starts at 1600hrs Sunday and finishes around 1300hrs on the following Friday. We can also organise courses around your specific dates if you wish to book an exclusive course.

Accommodation is provided on board the yacht during the week and all meals are included in the cost. Most of our instructors are experience cooks and enjoy entertaining at the end of a hard day. We cater for all tastes and we are also more than happy to cater for Vegetarians and Vegans with exciting, local, home-cooked meals.

The course will commence with a full safety brief that our instructors will make fun and interesting. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions you will then make a gentle voyage to the first overnight anchorage, mooring buoy or pontoon.

Your instructor will cook you a lovely meal, assess your previous experience and make a rough plan for the week. We do not set a fixed itinerary for our 5 day courses as the weather plays such a large part and changes daily.

As with the Competent Crew course, our aim is to help and encourage each of our candidates to complete the syllabus, set by the RYA, during the course and to award a Day Skipper Certificate of Competency. Each candidate is kept informed of their progress as they learn about the boat, its handling and the routines onboard.

The Day Skipper candidates are given the chance to build on prior experience while the instructor assesses strengths and weaknesses. Following this initial period each Day Skipper candidate will be gently encouraged to take control of the crew and the boat during navigational passages, pilotage into and out of harbour, coming alongside and handling the boat under both sail and power.

You will also learn meteorology, basic engine maintenance, how to plan a passage, victual a yacht and how to take action as a skipper in certain emergency situations including man over board. There will also be a night passage where you will gain experience of navigating, sailing and pilotage by night.

In Falmouth, Cornwall we are blessed with the sheltered waters of the Carrick Roads in which to provide sail training. The Roseland and Pendennis peninsulas protect the area from the English channel and provide us with the 3rd deepest natural harbour in the world! Even during a week of inclement weather we are still able to operate and explore the upper reaches of the Fal estuary, Truro Rivers and make passage to the Helford River and even Fowey. Blessed with settled weather our instructors will always push to get away from it all and you may find yourself exploring the coastlines of South Devon, Mounts Bay or even the beautiful Isles of Scilly.

Whatever the weather throws at you, you’ll be guaranteed a rewarding and enjoyable week on the water and will complete a minimum of 100 sea miles and 4 night hours to add to your logbook and hopefully the confidence and ability to skipper your own boat by day.



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Course Notes

Accommodation & meals are provided on board throughout the weekend as well as use of wet weather gear if necessary. You will need to bring a sleeping bag & suitable flat soled non-slip and non-marking footwear.

Warm clothing also will be needed even in the height of summer, as on the water the evenings can get cooler than inland.

Hopefully you now fancy the chance to get on the water a see what it's all about, so give us a call or email us today!

If you have a wonderful time and you would now relish the chance to Skipper your own yacht, you can charter from Trysail.  We have a Westerly Konsort 29 which is a perfect  family yacht for newly qualified skippers and families.  To work up to the next RYA level 'Coastal Skipper'  you will need to undertake more sailing, either with us or with friends and also complete the RYA Coastal Skipper shorebased course.


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Jay and the crew - August 2014
Bass Point
Louise at anchor in the Helford
Louise berthed in Falmouth Yachthaven
Swan and Cygnets at the Yachthaven Falmouth
RYA Start Yachting Weekend with Ben Instructing
RYA Day Skipper/Comp Crew with Jay Instructing
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2018 Course Dates:


Both Theory and Practical Elements combined
 -Live aboard for 1o days-

21st Sept - 1st October

Other dates available on request..

RYA Start Yachting

All 2018 Weekends 

Dates available on request..

RYA Competent Crew 

10th June
8th July
29th July
5th Aug
19th Aug
9th Sept

2018 Every Sunday from 18th Feb
Other dates available on request..

Online - RYA Day Skipper Theroy

365 days per year!
£295 per course or £490 combined

(5% DISCOUNT when booked with ANY practical course)

RYA Day Skipper

10th June
8th July
29th July
5th Aug
19th Aug
9th Sept

2018 Every Sunday from 18th Feb
Other dates available on request..

Online RYA YM Shorebased Theory

5% DISCOUNT when booked with any practical course

RYA Coastal Skipper

15th June (7 days) - 2 places

Other dates available on request..

Yacht Master Prep / Exam

Available on Request

More dates and BESPOKE bookings can be added on request!
Just give us a call to discuss options on 01326 212320 or email info@trysail.net