Course Information
  • Instructor: Student ratio – 1:4

  • 7 day course

  • Competent Crew or equivalent knowledge

  • Day Skipper Shorebased Theory

  • 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing vessel.

  • 7 day course

  • Age 16+

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Day Skipper Course Summary

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t. For serving members, this will allow you to skipper unit level expeditions.

2021 Course Fees (Day Skipper)

All of our RYA courses are sponsored by the RAF Sports Charity, which allows Serving RAF personnel the opportunity to pay minimal fees. Students not currently serving can still attend, and pay a higher (but still extremely competitive) rate.

Membership Type Price
RAFSA Serving member £50
RAFSA Civilian £205
Non-RAFSA Civilian £250

During the course, additional costs will be incurred and shared among the students to cover on-board food, marina fees, and fuel. These costs will vary according to crew choices on victualing, instructor/crew choices on marina locations, weather and on how many crew are on-board but should be approximately £60 – £80 per person.

2021 Courses (Day Skipper)
Ardrossan – Sir Arthur
Sun 27th Mar – Sun 3rd Apr 2022
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Ardrossan – Sir Arthur
Sun 8th May – Sun 15th May 2022
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Ardrossan – Sir Arthur
Sun 12th Jun – Sun 19th Jun 2022
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Ardrossan – Sir Arthur
Sun 27th Jun – Sun 3rd Jul 2022
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Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 10th Jul – Sun 17th Jul 2022
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Ardrossan – Sir Arthur
Sun 7th Aug – Sun 14th Aug 2022
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Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 11th Sep – Sun 18th Sep 2022
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Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy is that full fees are due if cancellation is within 30 days of the course start date. Cancellation prior to that will result in loss of deposit, but this can be carried forward to another course with RAFSA(O).  For Serving personnel who are unable to attend for Service reasons, a full refund will be offered once confirmation is received from the individual’s chain of command.

Should the course be cancelled for reasons attributing to RAFSA, an alternative course will first be offered. If the student is unable to take this up, then the full cost of the course will be refunded. This will not include any additional costs relating to travel or subsistence.