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RYA Day Skipper Practical

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course will advance your skills of pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a cruising yacht by day in tidal and non-tidal waters.

You will be learning all these skills in the busy tidal waters of the Solent. You have learned about tidal heights and tidal streams, memorised your buoys and their light characteristics so where better to put all that knowledge into practise ? The Solent has it all, you will be visiting beautiful little harbours both on the mainland and on the Isle of Wight with some great pilotage opportunities. Nomad Sailing are committed to ensuring you will be a confident, competent and happy Skipper looking forward to your first charter or flotilla. Why not do your practical sailing course in one of the most famous sailing areas in the world with one of the best sailing schools ? Find out what to expect

There are a number of options on booking, you can either opt to guarantee your own cabin, to share or book the whole boat for a group of you (5 max).

Free Resit Guarantee*

Our guarantee is that we won't give up on you: in the unlikely event that you fail or can't complete one of our RYA courses, you can resit or rejoin another at NO EXTRA COST (includes practical courses up to Day Skipper and all theory courses less exam fees where applicable) (*see Terms & Conditions).

FREE VHF COURSE WORTH £95 WITH ALL JUNE/JULY DAY SKIPPER COURSE BOOKINGS (after booking we will email you with a voucher)

Course Information

We include everything you will need with your course fee:
  •     5 days Top Notch Tuition!!
  •     Accommodation on board
  •     All food on board - three meals a day plus snacks and refreshments
  •     Home baked tray bake (when Lou is able!)
  •     All mooring fees and marina costs
  •     Use of waterproof clothing
  •     Use of personal safety equipment
  •     Any incurred fuel costs
  •     Free extra days if you do not reach the required standard (see Free Re-Sit Guarantee)
Topics for this course include the following (review the full syllabus)
  •     Preparation for sea
  •     Deck work
  •     Navigation and pilotage
  •     Meteorology
  •     Rules of the road - IRPCS
  •     Maintenance and repair work including engines
  •     Emergency situations
  •     Yacht handling under power
  •     Yacht handling under sail
  •     Passage making and night cruising
  •     Skippering!

The course will start and end at Gosport Marina - PO12 1AH

We typically visit some of these ports and harbours

  • Cowes
  • Hamble
  • Southampton
  • Beaulieu
  • Yarmouth
  • Lymington
  • Chichester
  • Poole
Before attending the Day Skipper Practical, and in order to take advantage of our Free Re-Sit Guarantee, you should already be at a 'Competent Crew' standard and hold the Day Skipper Shorebased certificate.

Although we appreciate you may need a refresher, you should already be able to:
  •     Prepare Mooring lines, secure to cleats and tie the requisite knots
  •     Hoist, lower and trim sails using associated winches
  •     Steer a compass course under power and sail
  •     Helm on all points of sail - preferably around a triangular course
The minimum age required to attend this course is 16 years.

How do I Book?

Check out the available course dates and then contact us or book online. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Lou or Jim for more information.

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The Nomad sailing team run a very professional RYA Day Skipper training course. The instructor (Paul) informed, demonstrated and tested a wide range of practical skills as well as being a great cook! Highly recommend Nomad for all RYA courses.
Took the day skipper practical course with Nomad. Instructors Jim and Lou are both excellent - knowledgable, friendly, patient, passionate about sailing and very encouraging. I learned an enormous amount in five days and feel much more confident and excited about future sailing.
Best of the best, outstanding tuition, expert teachers, down to earth people, no hesitation in recommending this brother and sister duo who have clearly found their calling and practice what they preach...
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