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5 Days
UK & Australia


This five-day live-aboard course provides the skills, and more importantly confidence to skipper a cruising yacht in familiar waters during the hours of daylight.  You will develop your yacht handling skills under power and sail, improve your knowledge of navigation and seamanship with expert guidance from a friendly instructor.

Course programme

This Flying Fish course focuses on your role as a skipper as well as crew. Experience how to take charge of the yacht on deck and at the chart table. You will learn how to give a safety brief and perform maintenance routines required to keep the yacht sailing.

A thorough understanding of navigation and practical skills are required.

If you are planning charter a yacht to take friends and family sailing abroad on holiday then having the RYA Day Skipper certificate allows you to apply for your ICC (International Certificate of Competence), which is required by most European countries as proof of competency.


  • Accommodation onboard with meals on the yacht.
  • Safety equipment, tuition, publications and marina fees.
  • Wet weather clothing if required.

Dates & pricing

Sorry, there are currently no dates scheduled for this course.

Pre-requisite experience and qualifications

You must have spent at least one week on a sailing yacht and must be confident as a crew member under supervision. You should understand the basics of pilotage and be familiar with navigation using paper charts.

We also recommend you should hold a first aid certificate and a VHF radio licence. These are available with Flying Fish as one-day courses.

All students are required to secure travel insurance for the duration of their course. 

Full itinerary

The course structure depends on the weather and tides however, a typical course would run as follows:

Day 1

  • Course brief, meet your crew and instructor.
  • Safety brief.
  • Victualling.
  • Engine checks.
  • Depart.
  • Power and sailing exercises.
  • Reefing.
  • Safety drills.
  • MOB power.

Day 2

  • Engine Checks.
  • Navigation exercises.
  • Pick up mooring buoy under power/sail.
  • Sailing exercises including MOB.

Day 3

  • I.R.P.C.S.
  • Weather.
  • Marina berthing.
  • Maintenance tasks.
  • Sailing exercises.
  • Passage planning.
  • GPS.

Day 4

  • Marina berthing.
  • Turning confined space.
  • Navigation exercises.
  • GPS chart plotter.
  • Sailing drills.
  • Anchoring.
  • Reefing.
  • Heavy weather tactics.

Day 5

  • Sailing exercises.
  • MOB sail/power.
  • Sail trim. Knots.
  • Sail back to the departure port.
  • Debrief.

Related courses

We recommend supplementing this course with the shore-based RYA Day Skipper Theory.