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RYA Day Skipper Practical

This 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.

This Day Skipper practical course is ideal for those with sound crewing and sailing ability and who have spent at least 5 days at sea (preferrably including 4 night hours) and have logged 100 miles. Our shorebased RYA Day Skipper Theory course will provide you with necessary navigation skills and theoretical knowledge to give you access to this part of the Day Skipper training.

By the end of the course you should be able to comfortably skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day.

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 (*see Terms & Conditions).

Course Information

We include everything you will need with your course fee:
  •     5 days Top Notch Tuition!!
  •     Accommodation on board with a pillow!
  •     All food on board - three meals a day plus snacks and refreshments
  •     Home baked bread and cakes (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

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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I completed my Day Skipper practical this weekend (following theory earlier last year) and it was a fabulous experience. Nomad are detailed and fun in their approach and it is hard to find fault....
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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