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.

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 !

Our courses have only 4 students with usually just 2 being day skippers.

Other sailing schools run courses with 5 day skippers, so much less helm time per student.


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 each night. 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 2 formats :-

5 consecutive days - Monday to Friday costing from £399 ( low season ) to £899 ( high season ) 

5 consecutive days - Wednesday to Sunday costing from £399 ( low season ) to £899 ( high season ) 

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. But please do check our Covid restrictions regarding accommodation.

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 - Very Important

Students should hold both RYA competent crew and RYA day skipper theory classroom based course ( we do not recommend the online version of the theory course ) with additional logged tidal yacht sailing experience, 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 sailing mile builders. We find students with less than this level of experience struggle to complete the course. 

Read our chief instructors statement on the required knowledge required prior to the course here.

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 ! 

The full course syllabus is contained within the RYA Yachtmaster Logbook G158 which is required for students to have. Available at our reception for cost price of £7.50 or the RYA website here. Please bring all certification and your log book with you to the course.

Minimum student age is 16. Under 18`s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


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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. 

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