RYA Day Skipper Sailing Practical Courses In Solent & Southampton

Our low student ratio RYA Day Skipper Tidal Sail Cruising Course is the most popular sailing course in the UK. Running over 5 days it brings students with at least competent crew level of experience of yacht sailing up to the level of skipper making day passages in familiar waters with an introduction to making a night passage and costs from just £399 per student with no hidden charges. Read our Trip Adviser Reviews here.

We run courses during the week and at weekends, just check our live course calendar here.

Be aware that RYA Day Skipper Courses completed in the Solent are demanding and are held in high regard with yacht charter companies worldwide due to the challenging winds, tides and busy waterways. Courses run in the none tidal waters of the Mediterranean are generally not accepted in the UK yacht charter industry. Our Day Skipper course qualifies you for the International Certificate of Competence, ICC*. So if your a competent sailor and what to be in charge, read on !


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During this RYA day skipper tidal practical course you will cover practical navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship, skippering techniques and the all-important berthing in marinas. 

Our course fee is from £399 per student with a maximum of 4 students per course, usually only 2 will be Day Skipper students. We aim to mix 2 competent crew students with just 2 day skipper students on each course. The fee includes shared accommodation aboard, breakfast, lunch and snacks each day. We also including all mooring fees, fuel and waterproofs. With 11 Bavaria yachts within our fleet we are a truly professional training centre.


Course Formats & Details

Courses run in a choice of 3 formats :-

5 consecutive days - Monday to Friday costing from £399 

5 consecutive days - Saturday to Wednesday costing from £449 

Over 2 weekends - Friday to Sunday & then the following Saturday & Sunday from £499


RYA Day Skipper Low Ratio Sailing Course

The RYA allows a maximum of 5 students on the day skipper practical course, but with the course based totally on board the yacht this can usually mean sharing a cabin with a stranger. At Solent Boat Training we run a lower student to yacht ratio course and so offer you your own bed for the 4 nights of the course.

We also provide breakfast, lunch and snacks everyday of the course within the course fee from £399 per person. You will need to bring a sleeping bag or other bedding including a pillow. Why not book the whole yacht for a private course for up to 4 students from just £1596.

Previous Experience Required

Students should have yacht sailing experience above that of RYA competent crew and theory knowledge to the level of RYA day skipper theory, please call for advice. As a guide we would recommend an absolute minimum of 10 days of tidal yacht sailing experience being an active crew member. 5 days of this experience is usually completed by taking the RYA Competent Crew course. If your short of a few days experience then why not try our day sails. We find students with less than this level of experience struggle to complete the course.

So in brief summary you should be happy to take over the helm of a modern cruising yacht and be able to tack, gybe, raise & drop sails, reef and obey the collision regulations without help from the instructor, as well as being a good general crew and having theory to the level of RYA Day Skipper Theory. If you can`t sail well, we can`t train you to be the skipper ! We also offer our Complete RYA Day Skipper Package.

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Bavaria 37` Day Skipper Cruising Yacht

Our trio of Bavaria 37ft cruising yachts have 3 double cabins and 2 single berths in the saloon. Their large galley and bathroom ensure your time on board is enjoyable at every point as we travel around the Solent.

Our  RYA day skipper practical course runs from our Saxon Wharf marina base in Southampton. Every course is different, but you will enjoy nights on board several of the following marinas : Ocean Village marina, Port Hamble marina, East Cowes marina, Haslar marina and Lymington Yacht Haven marina. Each of these marinas have excellent facilities such as bars, bistros, laundry, shops and showers that compliment the yacht own facilities.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course

*The RYA charge a fee of £45 to process ICC applications.