RYA Day Skipper Sail

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. 

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety.

Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't. Before this course, if you are not sure that you sailing is up to speed, contact us for more advice on what to do first. If it's help with navigation that you need, you should take the Day Skipper shorebased course. Contact Ifan our Chief Instructor: ifan@purelatitude.com for more information.

Pre-course experience

5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht

Assumed knowledge

Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand

Minimum duration

5 days, 3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days

Minimum age


Course content

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