RYA Day Skipper
The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Day Skipper practical course offered by Go-Sail.je in Jersey provides a unique and enriching sailing experience in the finest cruising grounds in Northern Europe. Participants embark on a residential sailing adventure that begins and ends in Jersey, offering a perfect blend of learning, exploration, and relaxation.
Participants have the opportunity to sail through stunning coastal landscapes and experience the breathtaking beauty of Northern Europe. The course takes advantage of the picturesque surroundings to provide a memorable learning environment
Jersey's reputation as the sunniest spot in the UK ensures participants can enjoy favorable weather conditions, creating an ideal setting for both learning and leisure. The pleasant climate enhances the overall experience of the course.
The sailing journey includes the possibility of spotting dolphins and other marine life, adding an exciting and unforgettable element to the course. Participants get to appreciate the natural beauty of the sea and its inhabitants.
Learning While Sailing:
Participants learn the essentials of sailing and navigation as they actively navigate through the waters. Practical, hands-on experience is combined with theoretical knowledge to ensure a comprehensive understanding of day-to-day sailing responsibilities and challenges.
Jersey's accessibility from the UK is a significant advantage, with short and frequent direct flights available from major airports. This makes it easy for participants to reach the course location swiftly, allowing more time for the actual sailing experience.
Jersey's status as an English-speaking destination adds to the convenience of the course. Participants can easily communicate with instructors and fellow sailors, ensuring a smooth and immersive learning experience.
Proximity to France:
Situated nearer to France, Jersey offers a unique geographical advantage, providing participants with the opportunity to experience a diverse maritime environment. The course allows sailors to explore waters that are both close to continental Europe and yet comfortably close to home.
What experience is needed?
It is highly recommended that you complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course beforehand or have an equivalent level of theoretical knowledge. This is a practical sailing course for sailors who have previous sailing experience and an understanding of the theory behind the practice. Your experienced and knowledgeable Go-Sail.je instructor will teach you the practical skills to compliment your existing theoretical knowledge.
What to expect:
This practical sailing course is designed to teach you to 'Take Charge' safely and confidently. A Day Skipper does much more than just navigate. They are responsible for the complete safety at sea and wellbeing of the yacht and crew. These responsibilities include weather forecasting, victualling the boat, engine maintenance, sail selection and handling, passage planning, chart reading, watch keeping, dealing with emergencies, GPS navigation and pilotage.
You will put your knowledge and sailing techniques into practice as you skipper the yacht on passages around the Channel Islands and adjacent coast of France. There is particular emphasis on boat handling and sail trim for Day Skippers and during the course you will practice mooring under various conditions. Students live aboard for the duration of the 5 day course and visit many different harbours and anchorages in the Channel Islands and France to practice navigation skills, pilotage techniques which, like boat handling, are essential skills for the aspiring skipper. You will complete a night sail passage to experience night pilotage and identify lights. You are required to cook some meals onboard, food onboard is included in the course fee. However, as we visit both the other Channel Islands and France, we also dine ashore in a local restaurant at least once during the course.
The RYA Day Skipper practical sailing course in Jersey offers a perfect balance of education, adventure, and relaxation in a beautiful and easily accessible location. Participants can expect to not only enhance their sailing skills but also create lasting memories in a picturesque and welcoming setting.
Please click here to read our course information pack for further information on your course. Your RYA Day Skipper Practical is recognised as evidence of competence when applying for your International Certificate of Competence (ICC).
How to Get to Jersey
Getting to Jersey is very easy and is less than 1hr away from UK airports. Please click here for more information on travelling to Jersey.
Next Steps After Your Course
When you sign up for this course you automatically become a Go-Sail.je Crew member, and receive complimentary points that can be used on any one of our inshore races.
Once you have completed the RYA Day Skipper Course your next step to getting out on the water and more experience could be to join Go-Sail.je membership or/and to sign up to the RYA Coastal Skipper course.
Sign up to a membership and receive your Day Skipper course for only 57 points, this is an approximately a 10% saving on the course price, you can use your remaining points on a Jersey Sailing experience aboard our racing yacht Solis Ortus or a cruise on our catamaran Farways. Crew membership subscriptions start from 100 points. With a practical Day Skipper certificate you can join our Family and Friends Membership.
The RYA Day Skipper certificate opens the door to exciting yacht charter holidays, granting you the authority to skipper a yacht yourself. With this certification, you can plan and lead your own sailing adventure in various locations worldwide. Whether exploring the Mediterranean, Caribbean, or other picturesque destinations, you have the competence to navigate coastal waters during daylight hours. Your Day Skipper certificate showcases your proficiency in sail handling, navigation, and general seamanship, giving charter companies confidence in your ability to safely and responsibly operate a yacht. This newfound freedom allows you to customize your itinerary, anchor in idyllic bays, and experience the thrill of independent yacht chartering, all while enjoying the beautiful scenery and culture of your chosen destination.
This course teaches you how to skipper a yacht safely in local waters by day
5 days with 4 nights aboard
At least 5 days at sea, 4 hours night sailing and 100 nautical miles sailed
Sailing knowledge to the level of Day Skipper theory
16 years old (with accompanying adult)
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Typical Course Schedule
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Student / Instructor Ratio
£699 - £749
*57 Points for Go-Sail.je Members (approx 10% saving)*
Go-Sail Crew Membership included
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