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 Beacon Marina St Peters Dock Rd, New cut East IP3 0EA, 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 deposit secures your place, so book asap to get the place and date you want. We will send you a link to Joining instructions and booking conditions please read them.

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 bunk 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 Beacon Marina St Peters Dock Rd, New cut East IP3 0EA
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 9th 10th + 15th 16th 17th March 2024 £750 Book Now
COURSE FULL 29th March to 2nd April 2 x BH and weekend Easter £750 Book Now
6th 7th & 12th 13th 14th April 2 x weekend course @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
15th - 19th April 2024 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
COURSE FULL 27th 28th & 4th 5th 6th May . £750 Book Now
18th 19th & 25th 26th 27th May 1 x Bh and two weekends £750 Book Now
COURSE FULL 20th to 25th May 2024 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
1st 2nd June + 7th 8th 9th June 2024 @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
17th To 21st June 2034 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
22nd 23rd + 28th 29th 30th June @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
1st to 5th July 2024 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
6th 7th July + 12th 13th 14th July 2024 2 x weekend @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
20th 21st July + 26th 27th 28th July @ ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
5th to 9th Aug 2024 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
17th 18th Aug + 24th 25th 26th Aug @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
31st Aug 1st Sept + 6th 7th 8th Sept @ Ipswich 2 weekends £750 Book Now
9th to 13th Oct 2023 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
21st 22nd Sept + 27th 28th 29th Sept @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
5th 6th Oct + 11th 12th 13th Oct @ Ipswich 2 x weekend £750 Book Now
14th to 18th October 2024 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
19th 20th + 25th 26th 27th Oct @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
2nd 3rd Nov + 8th 9th 10th Nov @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
16th 17th Nov + 22nd 23rd 24th Nov @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
30th Nov 1st Dec + 6th 7th 8th Dec @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now

How to book...

  • If you're ready to book now, just select one of the dates above to go to the booking form.
  • If you just want more information, click here to contact us,
    or phone us for a no obligation chat on 07990 777 129.
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