A fun, safe level 2 yacht sailing course that teaches you how to skipper a yacht and earns you the RYA Day Skipper qualification.


The RYA Day Skipper practical course teaches you how to skipper a yacht, and is the certificate you need to be allowed to charter a yacht. It’s a big step up but tremendous fun. You will learn to navigate, develop boat handling skills in a marina, including docking skills, and you’ll skipper your first short passages.

You’ll start to learn much more about how to manage the yacht safely, how to trim sails and what to do if conditions deteriorate while you are out on the water. As part of this, you will experience a night sail and various challenges that come with that. You’ll learn about basic weather forecasts, engine checks and passage planning.

Holders of the Day Skipper practical certificate can gain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) without any further training or assessment.

Previous experience required
Basic sailing ability and knowledge of navigation to the level of RYA Day Skipper theory.



5 days (Mon - Fri) or two weekends


Ría de Vigo, NW Spain. Based in Monte Real Club Yates Baiona.





In order to provide you with all the information that we can offer you, you can find in this section the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Start: 1830hrs on Friday and Sunday

Finish: 1600hrs on Friday and Sunday (approximate time)

No, Julio Verne Nautica has full public liability insurance.

You will be sailing in the Rias Baixas, which is the best training ground available. You may visit some of the well-known harbours and anchorages as Islas Atlánticas National Park

Most nights you can jump off the boat for a beer ashore. Some nights we may be at anchor.

We take a maximum of 5 students per boat. This maximises your tuition and hands on time, versus many other schools that pack a fifth person on board.

Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including cooking, are shared equally between all students and the instructor. Don’t worry – there’s a set menu and lots of help at hand!

It may be necessary for you to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.

We can accommodate basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians and minor food allergies. If you have any concerns, please check with us before booking.