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RYA Day Skipper

We offer a 5-day course as well as a combined 2-day and 3-day Day Skipper course. You will need to have completed the 2-day course first in order to book and take part in the 3-day course.

 

About the course

The 2-day Day Skipper course is an introduction to skippering on yachts. You will learn skills like sailing onto mooring buoys and parking the yacht in the marina. These two days are day sailing from the Town Quay in Southampton, which means you will return to Southampton each night. 

The 3-day course is where you will take the skills you have learnt on from the Day Skipper Theory course and put them into practice on a sailing adventure. You will be completing a passage plan with things like 'course to steer' and tidal stream calculations. You also do a pilotage into a new port using bearings, leading lights and tidal height calculations. You will spend two evenings in different ports around the Solent.

The 5-day course is for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't.

Before this course, if you are not sure that your sailing is up to speed, a good way to learn is on an RYA Level 2 dinghy course. This will teach you to sail around a course and control the boat's speed.

If it's help with navigation that you need, you should take our Day Skipper shore-based course.  Expected pre-course experience to attend this course is 5 days sailing, 100 miles, 4 nights on board a sailing yacht.  Theory to the level of Day Skipper shore based is assumed and it is recommended that you attend the RYA Day Skipper Theory course before attending this course.

This course leads on to the RYA YachtMaster Theory and the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical.

If you have any questions or want to discuss if this is the right course for you, please contact our Watersports Team:

Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 0110

Email: watersports@soton.ac.uk 

Dates and times

2 day courses run from 9am to 5pm each day.

3 day courses run from 9am Saturday to 4pm Monday (staying onboard).

5 day courses run from 9am Monday to 4pm Friday (staying onboard).

Day Skipper - Part 1

Day Skipper - Part 2

Day Skipper 

2 Days

3 Days

5 Days

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

27 to 28 January 2024

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

3 to 5 February 2024

Day Skipper 

:

12 to 16 February 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

24 to 25 February 2024

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

2 to 4 March 2024

Day Skipper 

:

18 to 22 March 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

30 to 31 March 2024

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

6 to 8 April 2024

Day Skipper 

:

15 to 19 April 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

4 to 5 May 2024

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

11 to 13 May 2024

Day Skipper 

:

20 to 24 May 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

1 to 2 June 2024

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

8 to 10 June 2024

Day Skipper 

:

24 to 28 June 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

22 to 23 June 2024

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

6 to 8 July 2024

Day Skipper 

:

22 to 26 July 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

31 August to 1 September 2024

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

7 to 9 September 2024

Day Skipper 

:

5 to 9 August 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

28 to 29 September 2024

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

5 to 7 October 2024

Day Skipper 

:

19 to 23 August 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

Day Skipper 

:

16 to 20 September 2024

Day Skipper - Part 1

:

Day Skipper - Part 2

:

Day Skipper 

:

21 to 25 October 2024

Prices

Our courses are available to everyone, but Southampton Sport members can book at a discounted rate.

Membership type

Day Skipper     Part 1 (2 Days)

Day Skipper     Part 2 (3 Days)

Day Skipper         (5 Days)

Membership type

:

Southampton Sports Membership

Day Skipper     Part 1 (2 Days)

:

£140.25

Day Skipper     Part 2 (3 Days)

:

£209

Day Skipper         (5 Days)

:

£346.50

Membership type

:

Mayflower Member, Sports Pass or Non-Member

Day Skipper     Part 1 (2 Days)

:

£255

Day Skipper     Part 2 (3 Days)

:

£380

Day Skipper         (5 Days)

:

£630

 

Included in the cost of the course are: 

  • certificates upon successful completion
  • use of lifejackets and lifelines
  • morning breakfasts, snack lunches and tea/coffee/soft drinks
  • 2 evening meals on board (5 day courses) or 1 evening meal onboard (3 day courses) 

Not included in the cost of the course are: 

  • other evening meals
  • mooring fees for berths other than Southampton Town Quay Marina
  • Cruising Scheme Logbook is available for purchase on the course for £7.99 

Booking a course

Book your course online

You can also:

Cancelling or rescheduling a course

You can cancel or reschedule a booking by contacting the Jubilee Sports Centre. Your options depend on how much notice you give us. Notice periods are based on the date of your booking, not on the start time.

Notice given

Refund options

Notice given

:

7 days or more

Refund options

:

Full refund or reschedule to another date

Notice given

:

Between 48 hours and 7 days

Refund options

:

Full refund if you present a doctor’s note stating why you can't complete your booking

Notice given

:

Less than 48 hours

Refund options

:

No refund available

When we might cancel your booking

We might need to cancel a booking if:

  • the weather means we cannot safely run a course
  • staff members are sick and their absence cannot be covered
  • we cannot meet our minimum student-instructor ratio

If we need to cancel your booking, we’ll always try to give you at least 24 hours' notice. We’ll also offer to reschedule your booking.

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