RYA Day Skipper


The 3 Week RYA Day Skipper package equips you with the skills and qualifications needed to safely and effectively skipper a sailing vessel by day.

  • Perfect for day time charters
  • Essential in starting your yachting career
  • Important as an entry into the yachting industry
  • A firm foundation

Upon successful completion of this package, you will receive a RYA Day Skipper Certificate which is valid on a yacht up to 24m in length, during daylight hours, in good weather, in Category 5 waters up to 20nm (nautical miles) from a home port.

Your RYA Day Skipper certificate is registered with the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) in the UK and accepted internationally except in South Africa on a SOUTH AFRICAN flagged vessel.

You will require the SAS (South African Sailing) qualification to sail in South African waters on a South African flagged vessel. This will be incorporated into your RYA program by special request.

Pre-course requirements: None

Venue: Students are required to meet their instructor at our classroom at Royal Cape Yacht Club, Cape Town.

Package Content:

    • RYA Competent Crew Practical – Monday to Friday – live aboard (meals and accommodation included)
    • RYA SRC Radio VHF – Online course with Practical exam in our classroom at Royal Cape Yacht Club
    • RYA Day Skipper Theory -Monday – Saturday (6 days in our classroom at Royal Cape Yacht Club) 
    • RYA Day Skipper Practical – Monday – Friday – live aboard (meals and accommodation included)

Duration: 3 Weeks – scheduled as follows:

Please note: Courses may be attended individually according to your availability.

Included in the Course fees are:

  • Training material for the week, if applicable.

The use of books, tools and equipment necessary for training:

  • Calculator
  • Plotter
  • Divider
  • RYA Training Almanac (Southern Hemisphere)
  • South African List of Lights and Radio Signals
  • Symbols and Abbreviations used on South African Charts
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs)

We will also provide you with the following which you will be able to keep:

  • Personal Logbook
  • Yachtmaster Sailing School pen and pencil
  • 72-page blank quad exercise book
  • Blank almanac pages for theory.

You will have full use of RYA Reference Books and navigation equipment.

Fees exclude:

  • £ 60 GBP – RYA Fees for SRC Radio Certificate. It is a requirement that you register online and pay the RYA directly before joining the course.
  • Accommodation in Cape Town during your off days and shore based training.

Please note:

Students are required to bring the following on their first day with Yachtmaster Ocean Sailing School:

  • R1,500.00 CASH deposit /security for any loss or damage to yachts, equipment etc. At the end of your training, if no loss or damage has been noted, the deposit will be returned to you in cash.
  • R100 CASH deposit for a temporary access card to Royal Cape Yacht Club. Students are requested to make their way directly to the reception on their first day and pay the deposit and receive the card. At the end of your training, please return the card to Reception where the deposit will be returned to you.
  • Colour passport photographs for the following certificates: SRC Radio, RYA Day Skipper Practical, RYA Coastal Skipper Practical, Prep & Exam (x2), Commercial Endorsement Application, RYA Powerboat level 2.
  • A sleeping bag for practical courses, alternatively this can be ordered and purchased from Yachtmaster and will be ready for you on your arrival. Costs R500.
  • Foul weather clothing, for practical on-board courses, alternatively this can be ordered and purchased from Yachtmaster and will be ready for you on your arrival. (10% discount offered only to our booked students).

Commercial Requirements:

It is an international requirement to complete all  STCW courses and a ENG1 Medical Examination to enable you to work on commercial vessels in any maritime industry.

  • STCW
  • ENG 1 Medical Examination 

Optional Extras:

  • RYA Powerboat Level 2 – 2 days
  • RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance – 1 day
  • YOA Super Yacht Deckhand – 4 days

Additional Information

Commercial RYA qualifications are the preferred qualification requirements and are recognized around the world. However, the South African Maritime Authority (SAMSA) doesn’t recognize the RYA qualifications if they are obtained in South Africa.

It is therefore imperative that to captain a ship in SA waters that you obtain your SAS qualifications.

We can arrange for you to take SAS examinations. We also offer coaching for the SAS theory modules. If you wish to do commercial work in South Africa, then you will have to do a SAMSA Under 25-ton Commercial License Examination. We can assist you in obtaining the certificate.

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