“Day Skipper CertificateThe minimum qualification to legally charter a yacht worldwide

Course format

The Day Skipper Course teaches you the skills needed to safely skipper a yacht. Whilst it is a reasonably intense course, there is still time to stop at a different port each night and enjoy the Pontine islands. The course lasts for 5 days, including at least a one-night passage of 3+ hours.

As we are in the Mediterranean, you will get plenty of practice in techniques like ‘Med mooring’ (stern-to mooring) so you will be able to moor safely and competently and look professional when you bring your own boat into the quay.

At the end of the RYA Day Skipper course, you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day. Students who successfully complete the Day Skipper course are awarded the RYA Day Skipper practical course certificate.


The sailing area is the Archipelago of Pontine islands, Ischia and Capri, around 15 miles offshore from our base which is on the island of Procida.

Training Boats

Elan 40, 12 meters, cruising racer with 3 cabins and two heads


5 days half, boarding at 18:00 on Saturday, the day before the course starts – disembark on Friday at 14:00.


Courses start every Saturday from April to October

What you will learn
  • Boat Preparation
  • Boat handling in non-tidal waters to a very high standard
  • Basic pilotage, seamanship & navigation
  • Safety
  • Passage planning
  • Meteorology
What’s Included
  • 5 days sailing
  • Course materials
  • Mooring fees
  • Fully equipped training yacht
  • Fuel
  • 10 % of discount, if you hire a boat from Blue Dream charting company

For details of what you should bring please refer to the FAQ’s section.

Prerequisites to the course 
  • Before attending the “Day Skipper Practical” course, you should have a good knowledge of all the topics of the “Day Skipper Theory course”, if you do not have it, you can take a “Day skipper Theory” course online. We suggest you to sign up with Navathome.
  • 5 days sea time including 100 miles and 4 night hours. This is commonly achieved by doing a Competent Crew course

There are two options with training courses: a private course (you hire your own yacht and have your own dedicated instructor) or the more traditional course structure of mixed individuals course. We are more than happy to teach different courses (Competent Crew & Day Skipper) on the same yacht if you have a crew of mixed experience.

Recommended Theory course Online RYA VHF/SRC (SHORT RANGE CERTIFICATE) Marine Radio Course

Course Fee Individual

Join a yacht with other students. We like to teach a maximum of 4/5 people at a time as we feel it gives each individual that extra attention and time from the instructor and also a comfortable space onboard the yacht. 

Fee € 1150 p.p.

Course Fee Private 

Charter a yacht for 5 days with partners, friends, or family. Training this way as a familiar small group gives more personalized tuition 

Fee 4400 Euro


Couple Discount – you get 10% OFF for two bookings  on “Competent Crew” and “Day Skipper Practical” courses.