The RYA Day Skipper practical motor course is four days long making it the best course for those new, or with a little experience of motor cruising and wishing to Skipper their own motor cruiser. This RYA training course is designed to consolidate what you learned on the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course by offering practical application for what you need to know to safely navigate a motor cruiser in local waters berthing in marinas or anchorages in secluded spots. You will also learn to handle the boat in close quarters situations. This course is also available as Own Boat Tuition.
This course can also help you get the best out of electronic navigational aids such as GPS and radar, which are now virtually standard equipment on modern motor cruisers.
For those that do not have the required theory knowledge (or need a refresher), and don’t need the RYA Shorebased certificate for a Commercial Endorsement, we now offer a 6-day Day Skipper. This is two days in the classroom immediately followed but the practical course. The days in the classroom allow time for the instructor to bring your theory up to the level required to get the most out of your practical course.
The 6-day day skipper course has been discounted to £1100 per person. To book the 6 days please click here.
NB. There is not enough time on the 4-day practical to teach the theory and navigation required.
How can I take this course?
The RYA Day Skipper Practical course is held on our school boat, Fenland Dancer. She is a Princess 368 with a fly bridge and 2 x 300Hp Cummins engines on shafts. She has the latest Raymarine electronic equipment and her salon was refurbished summer 2019.
Any classroom work takes place in the Mendez Marine office or onboard Fenland Dancer.
|Pre-course experience||2 days practical experience on a motor cruiser or RYA Helmsman|
|Assumed knowledge||Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended that you either complete an On-line or Classroom Day Skipper Theory course, before taking this practical course. Or book the 6-day Day Skipper Course|
|Minimum duration||4 days: The course generally runs from 9am to 5pm. One of the days includes a night exercise so will run to 10pm or 11pm depending on the time of year.|
|Minimum age||16 years|
|Maximum Student : Instructor Ratio||5 : 1 (as a rule we keep number so 4 : 1)|
|Course content||Preparation for sea, boat handling, navigation, pilotage, passage making, meteorology, rules of the road, engines, emergency situations, introduction to night cruising.|
|Materials Provided||G97 Day skipper Handbook, RYA Certificate – PHOTO needed|
|Recommended Reading||G6 Navigation Handbook, DSPCN Day Skipper Practical Course Notes,|
|Ability after the course||Able to skipper a motor cruiser in familiar waters by day|