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+

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.

2024 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 £160
RAFSA Civilian £360
Non-RAFSA Civilian £660

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.

2024 Courses (Day Skipper)
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 7th Apr – Sun 14th Apr 2024
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 29th Apr –  Sun 5th May 2024
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 19th May –  Sun 26th May 2024
Gosport – Sir Arthur
Sun 16th June –  Sun 23rd June 2024
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 21st July –  Sun 28th July 2024
Plymouth – Atlas
Sun 18th Aug  – Sun 25th Aug 2024
Gosport – Sir Arthur
Sun 22nd Sep – Sun 29th Sep 2024
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.