DAY SKIPPER PRACTICAL
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 requiredBasic sailing ability and knowledge of navigation to the level of RYA Day Skipper theory.
You spend the full course living on the yacht, with all meals provided. One of the expert Julio Verne Nautica instructors will work through the full syllabus with you, covering everything you need to know to be a competent and useful crew member on any future yachts you sail on.
A training holiday
Each day, you will sail to somewhere new, visiting the wonderful harbours and anchorages of the Rias Baixas. You will finish each day both on the mainland and on beatiful anchorages, and there’s usually the chance to head into one of the local pubs for a well earned beer and chat about the day’s training.
In the best place to learn to sail
The Rias are easily one of the best sailing grounds in the world, with its huge variety of locations, sheltered water, smoth tides, and lots of fishing ships moving by. As we describe in our Rias Baixas overview, this really is the only place to learn to sail
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FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS
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.