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During this course, you learn to Skipper the boat and Manage crew.

You get a chance to put your navigational and skippering ability to practice with the expert guidance of our Instructor.

As a Day Skipper you will be responsible for the safe running of a sailing vessel. You also have to take responsibility for the well being of the crew.

On board, the aim is to gain experience in as many different situations as possible.

If you looking to complete this course you also need to have a RYA  Short Range Certificate

For those who intend to commercially endorse the ticket for working on yachts please add full STCW and ENG1

On completion of this course and assessment you receive a RYA Day Skipper Certificate which entitles you as the holder to operate a sailing vessel under 15 meters length over all in category 5 waters from a designated departure point during daylight hours only.

Run in Langebaan and Saldanha. We first meet at the Royal Cape Yacht club

Upon booking we provide you with a program, what to bring, directions and other important information.

This is a 5 day course, on board one of our yachts from Monday morning until Friday afternoon (meals and accommodation included).




26-30 November
3-7 December
10-14 December
17-21 December
26-30 December


28 January – 1 February
11-15 February 2019
11-15 March 2019
1-5 April 2019

Please email us at or call us on +27 21 788 1009 (landline) or +27 82 088 7186 (mobile) – WhatsApp’s welcome, please include your name and email address.


This course is important in that it’s the first step and introduction to the amazing world of navigation, skippering and seamanship!

Applicable to:

  • Bareboat Charters
  • Boat Owners
  • Hobbyists
  • Crew members who would like to bring that extra contribution
  • Candidates seeking employment on Yachts or Super Yachts
  • This course is a step in the ladder to the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence

For full course information, dates and pricing on this course please fill out our Enquiry Form.

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The Day Skipper Practical course assumes knowledge of the RYA Day Skipper Theory and Practical Experience to at least the level of an RYA Competent Crew.

The Minimum age you will be provided with a certificate is 16.


• Learn how to manage the boat
• Learn how to manage the crew
• Learn how to brief
• Learn how to be confident in yourself and your decisions

• Become able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below deck
• Gain knowledge of basic stability and buoyancy for small vessels
• Learn how to give a safety briefing

• Become able to prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth
• Learn to reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions

Become proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including:
• How to take and plot visual fixes
• Learn about AIS and its limitations
• Learn what it means to use secondary means of confirming position
• How to use electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
• How to use waypoints
• How to work up DR and EP
• How to estimate tidal heights and tidal streams
• How to plot a course to steer allowing for tidal stream, leeway and drift
• Develop knowledge of IALA buoyage
• How to maintain navigational records
• How to use an echo sounder and lead line

• Learn to prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from harbours
• Gain understanding of leading and clearing lines
• Learn to use transits and soundings as aids to pilotage

• Learn the sources of forecast information
• Learn to interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid
• Learn how to interpret a synoptic chart

• Develop a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
• Part A and B

• Learn what it takes to maintain a yacht
• Learn basic maintenance skills
• Start to know the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes

• Learn to understand the need for periodic maintenance checks on a yachts engine
• Become familiar with the requirements for tool kits, spares and lubricants
• Learn how to tension drive belts or replace them
• Learn how to carry out comprehensive engine checks before starting, while running and after the engine has stopped
• Learn how to clean water filters and know how to locate impellor pumps
• Learn how to estimate fuel consumption at various speeds and effects of fouling
• Learn basic engine troubleshooting

• Learn how to victual a yacht appropriately for a planned passage (ie supplies)
• How to stow food

• Become familiar with distress flares and how to use and board a life raft
• Learn to operate a VHF radiotelephone in an emergency and send distress message
• Learn how to secure a tow
• Gain understanding of rescue procedures including helicopter rescue
• Gain understanding regarding the effects of cold water shock on a casualty
• Learn the aftercare requirements for a casualty who has been in the water
• Become able to take correct action as skipper for the effective recovery of a man overboard

• Learn to bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
• Become familiar with the effects of waves and wind on boat handling
• Learn the different types of propulsion systems
• How to spring on and off the dock
• How to identify the important factors when manoeuvring in confined spaces
• Learn to steer a straight course
• How to anchor
• How to come alongside bow and stern to
• How to pick up a mooring buoy

• Learn how to bring a boat safely to and from a mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
• Learn how to steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing
• Learn the characteristics of different types of keels

• Learn to plan and make a coastal passage
• Learn how to take in account relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew

• Experience sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbours
• Learn the special considerations for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.

5 days living on board for the duration of the course
RYA/MCA Course Completion Certificate
Accommodation and meals provided whilst on board during the practical week
Use of all your RYA Practical course materials
The use of all our Navigational Equipment
The use of foul weather (sailing) gear during your Practical course
On shore accommodation and meals before and after joining the course.

Take the leap and become a skipper.

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