RYA Day Skipper Practical

This intermediate Skipper course gives you the chance to take charge on short passages (with Instructor onboard).

Course Description

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

  • 5 day (3 weekend or 3 days plus 2 days)
  • RYA Day Skipper Ticket (upon passing) 
  • Sailing in Table Bay. Cape Town, South Africa
  • 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:

  • RYA VHF (Radio)
  • Competent Crew (if no previous experience)

    General Course Information (All Courses)

    • Students stay on the boat during the multi-day practical courses in order to get a real feel for onboard living. 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 sunscreenare 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 Gordon’s Bay and starts Mondays at 9.00am

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