RYA Day Skipper Course

About this course...

RYA Day Skipper Course Practical

We are one of London and Suffolk's leading sea schools. Practical courses are run from Neptune Marina Suffolk, Neptune Quay Ipswich IP4 1QJ Suffolk, just 1 hour from Liverpool Street

We have many students go on to charter at home and abroad. Day skippers and ICC is now required in many countries. It is often the minimum standard required by charter companies to charter a boat abroad.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course. (see below for dates)

This course is about learning to be a Skipper, like the Competent Crew course it can be carried out over two weekends (one being along weekend) or five consecutive days

Note: We at Hamilton sailing incorp many weekend's into this 5 day course saving on valuable holiday. A small deposit secures your place, so book asap to get the place and date you want

Recommended prerequisites for the Day Skipper practical course are that you are up to the Day skipper theory course standard & you are competent around a yacht.
(Call for advice if your not sure)

You will learn about weather, tides, rules of the road and how to plan and execute a simple passage. Most of all we will help you to develop confidence in taking charge of a yacht. You will live aboard the boat with the instructor & other students/crew. (you will be allocated a cabin on the first day)

Each day will involve a mixture of short passages from port to port and intensive exercises. We will be in harbour or anchorage every night but you should also get a few hours experience of night sailing.There will be opportunities to go ashore during some evenings.

The courses are always great FUN. We use yachts just like the ones you will charter abroad. We know what is of importance to you.

You will receive a comprehensive list of what to bring with you when you book.
All meals are provided aboard. Gore-Tex Oil skin water proofs are available FREE of charge.

Achievement: You will be able to skipper a yacht on short passages in familiar/sheltered waters by day. Charter companies will accept your Day Skipper Course certificate as evidence of competence to charter a yacht in UK sheltered waters or in the Med or Caribbean.

A recent testimonial

Had an amazing weekend learning some great new skills on the Day Skipper course. Both Mark and Owen are amazing instructors, made sure everyone understood their tasks. I would definitely recommend this company if you are thinking about taking any of their courses. Looking forward to our next weekend sailing.... Emi


We found the course excellent from a technical / professional standpoint and lots of fun too, we will definitely be back for more and would like to thank you for having us on Sirius over these past 5 days. Merci... ????

Really enjoyed the course -
Chris was a great instructor - always relaxed and knowledgeable as well as being good company so I think we all learnt a lot from him
The boat was perfect - comfortable and with everything we needed.
Can’t fault the food on board either . . Dickon


Practical courses are run from Neptune Quay
Ipswich IP4 1QJ just 1 hour from Liverpool Street to Ipswich then a 10 min walk. If you're driving then it's about one hour from the M25 on A12 & A14. There is free parking at the Marina


Maximum student:instructor ratio 5:1

Available dates for this course...

COURSE FULL 23rd 24th Oct & 29th 30th 31st Oct 2021 Two weekends £625 Book Now
COURSE FULL 6th 7th Nov & 12th 13th 14th Nov Two weekends at Ipswich £625 Book Now
COURSE FULL 17th to 21st Nov 2021 @ Ipswich £625 Book Now
COURSE FULL 22nd Nov to 26th Nov @ Ipswich £625 Book Now
COURSE FULL 27th 28th Nov & 3rd 4th 5th Dec 2021 £625 Book Now
19th 20th Feb & 25th 26th 27th Feb two weekends @ Ipswich £699 Book Now
5th 6th March & 11th 12th 13th March 2022 Two weekends @ Ipswich £699 Book Now
19th 20th March & 25th 26th 27th March 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £699 Book Now
2nd 3rd April & 8th 9th 10th April 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
15th - 19th April Easter 2 x BH and weekend @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
COURSE FULL 23rd 24th April & 30th April 1st May 2nd May £720 Book Now
9th - 13th May 2022 @ Ipswich (two places left!) £720 Book Now
16th - 20th May @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
21st 22nd May & 28th 29th 30th May two weekends and BH @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
3rd 4th 5th June & 11th 12th June 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
6th - 10th June 2022 @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
13th - 17th June 2022 @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
18th 19th June & 24th 25th 26th June 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
2nd 3rd July & 8th 9th 10th July 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
11th - 15th July @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
30th 31st July & 5th 6th 7th Aug 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
8th - 12th August 2022 @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
13th 14th Aug & 19th 20th 21st Au 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
27th 28th 29th Aug & 3rd 4th Sept two weekends & BH £720 Book Now
5th - 9th Sept @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
10th 11th Sept & 16th 17th 18th Sept 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
19th - 23rd Sept @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
24th 25th Sept & 30th Sept 1st 2nd October 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
8th 9th Oct & 14th 15th 16th Oct 2022 Two weekend course £720 Book Now
22nd 23rd Oct & 28th 29th 30th Oct 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
5th 6th Nov & 11th 12th 13th Nov 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
19th 20th Nov & 25th 26th 27th Nov 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
3rd 4th Dec & 9th 10th 11th Dec 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now

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