RYA Day Skipper

Who is it for?

The RYA Day Skipper practical course is designed to build on your existing sailing experience, to consolidate your practical skills and knowledge and obtain the RYA Day Skipper license. The RYA Day Skipper license will allow you to sail and charter a yacht basically anywhere in the world.

RYA Day Skipper – Minimum requirements

– Minimum age: 16 years old
– 100 miles on a yacht as an active crew member
– 5 days onboard
– Theory knowledge at Day Skipper level or equivalent
Please note: these are the minimum requirements from the RYA, however, our experience tells us that more sailing experience than listed above is needed to successfully obtain the license!

Important! This is a practical course, and whilst we will obviously go through many theory elements during the week, you are supposed to have studied the theory BEFORE you come and join this course. This can be done also through our RYA Essential Navigation online course, which will give you the basics of theory and will be supplemented by other elements (tides, lights and shapes, etc).

What do you get?

The course will draw on your previous practical sailing knowledge and consolidate those skills to enable you to take charge and confidently skipper a yacht. The course is designed to provide a lot of practice both under sail and under engine so that you build a routine when executing the key manoeuvres.
By the end of the week, you will:

Day Skipper training - White Wake Sailing
Credits: Harry Smith

– build your knowledge and confidence in planning and executing the various manoeuvres under sail and under power

– be able to plan a daily passage taking into account weather and crew safety

– become a confident skipper, ready to take charge of a sailing yacht

– obtain the RYA Day Skipper license

– have sailed among the most beautiful waters and bays in Croatia

– have made lifelong friends!

How to book

Check out the list of the courses in the box to the right (desktop) or at the bottom (mobile) of the page, scroll down until you find the date that suits you, and click on it to start the booking process

RYA Day Skipper – Program

You will practice all the fundamentals manoeuvres of running a sailing yacht. Hoisting and dousing sails, reefing, tacking and gybing, anchoring and picking up a buoy. You will also practice how to navigate in the traditional way, using lighthouses and conspicuous points to fix your position on the chart, by day and by night. Mooring and leaving a pontoon under engine will also be practised extensively.
You will be in charge of the manoeuvre to recover a man overboard and plan and execute a night time sailing passage of at least four hours.
You will spend the week aboard the yacht, visiting many beautiful bays and harbours in Croatia.

With a maximum of 5 students per yacht, your instructors can devote plenty of time to your needs and focus the program on the areas you need most.


There is no formal exam to obtain the Day Skipper certificate. The instructor will follow your progress during the week, provide you with regular feedback in what is could ‘continuous assessment’, and constantly adapting the action plan to cover any gaps. At the end of the week, there will be a final one-to-one debrief, by which point the outcome should not be a surprise to anyone.

If successful, you will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Certificate!

IMPORTANT! In order to be able to charter or sail a yacht at sea, you will also need to have the SRC Marine Radio license.
You can book our online course HERE, then take the exam at our training centre in Croatia


From 999 to 1,099 Euro, depending on the season

What’s included and what is not:


  • 6 full days tuition from an RYA qualified instructor
  • Accommodation in a shared cabin onboard a modern yacht
  • RYA Day Skipper Handbook
  • RYA scheme Logbook
  • Linens & towels, and final boat cleaning
  • Marina fees at home port
  • RYA Day Skipper certificate (if successful)


  • Food and drinks (also for the instructor)
  • Marina / anchorage fees outside of home port
  • Diesel and Croatian tourist tax (approx 20 Euro p/p)
  • Travel to/from Primosten

Location & time

Start: Saturday at 14:00
End: Saturday at 9:00
possibility to leave already on the Friday evening

Marina Kremik, Primosten (HR) is conveniently located only 30 min drive from Split International Airport.

Since our courses start on the Saturday afternoon at 14:00, you have plenty of time to fly or drive and arrive at the marina. And if your plane lands a bit later, it is no problem!
We will return back to the marina on the Friday afternoon, and we will first enjoy a drink together to celebrate and debrief the achievements of the week.

Afterwards we will have time for a shower, chill and then you are free to either leave or stay for dinner together with the rest of the crew and leave on the Saturday morning by 9:00

How to book

Scroll the list of the courses in the box to the right (desktop) or at the bottom (mobile) of the page, choose the date that suits you, and click on it to start the booking process

For a detailed description of the RYA Day Skipper Syllabus click HERE