The minimum qualification to legally charter a yacht bareboat worldwide

Course formats

The Day Skipper Course teaches you the skills needed to safely skipper a yacht in waters by day. 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 6 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 in the island of Procida.


6 days, boarding at 0630 on Saturday – disembark on Friday afternoon


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
  • How to cook real Italian food on board

What’s Included

  • 6 days sailing
  • Course materials
  • Mooring fees
  • Certification – is you would pass it
  • Fully equipped training yacht
  • Fuel
  • All food except the evening of joining, and accommodation onboard

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

Course details

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 on the same yacht if you have a crew of mixed experience.

Prerequisites to the course

  • Day Skipper Theory
  • 5 days sea time including 100 miles and 4 night hours. This is commonly achieved by doing a Competent Crew course

Course Fee

750 Euro

Next courses

From 03.05.2021 - to 09.05.2021

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