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RYA Day Skipper Practical

RYA Day Skipper Practical intermediate Skipper course gives you the ability to have a holiday of a lifetime by being able to legally sail your own boat in day light hours.


Course Description

Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualing, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising.

  • 5 day (4 nights onboard)
  • RYA Day Skipper Ticket (upon passing)
  • Assumed Knowledge: Candidates should have previous sailing experience of at least 100 sea miles and have accumulated 4+ night hours.
  • Successful candidates will have the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on short, coastal cruises during daylight.
    • *This course is not the equivalent of a South African Local Waters Certificate. We are accredited to instruct Local Water Day Skippers, details upon request.

Additional courses that we highly recommend to compliment the Day Skipper Course:


Students stay on the boat during the RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper & Yachtmaster Practical courses to get a real feel for onboard living and is a mandatory requirement. A stipend for essentials (tea, coffee, cereal, milk, etc) is included in the course price. During the theory week and STCW, students have the option of staying at our Academy in the Waterfront.

For practical courses we ask that students bring a sleeping bag, towel, toiletries, change of clothes, and suitable wet weather gear. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also a good idea.

For the theory course students will need a 2B pencils, a pen, a notebook and where possible, their own Portland plotter and dividers (we can also loan to the student). We can also help with the purchase of any of these materials.

For STCW you will need your Passport or ID book on day one of your course. You will also need to wear old clothes for the fire fighting (MFF) element, for Personal Safety Training (PST) you will need swimwear, a towel and a set of clothes to get in the pool with.

PRACTICAL sailing courses start with a briefing at the school, 11 Portswood Road at 8.30am.

THEORY courses take place at the school and commence at 8.30am

STCW training takes place in the Cape Town foreshore, training starts promptly at 8.30am

STEWARDESS training takes place in Gordons Bay and/or Ocean Star Sailing Academy


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