RYA Dayskipper Fasttrack


RYA Dayskipper Fasttrack



* Not included in the price is transportation to and from the Marina and all costs ashore, such as food and drinks.


  • Professional RYA Instructor (ratio 1/4)
  • Cruising Performance Class (Sail wardrobe on board)
  • High safety standards (Epirb, Radar, Liferaft)
  • Spinlock Lifejackets (PFD)
  • All nights aboard (shared cabins)
  • All meals and drinks onboard (cook together)
  • Bed linen and Towels
  • Yacht consumables (Mooring fees, diesel fuel, gas)
  • Free parking (Medemblik)
  • Memories of a lifetime
COURSE package

Arranged lunch/diner (week groceries)

At DBN we want to make the most out of our day of training. Arranging groceries at the start of your course doesn’t add to your learning curve so we arrange this for you where other companies don’t.

Harbour fees

Fuel cost

Bed linnen/towels

€ 425,-

Course dates

For certification, you must complete a minimum of 5 days of training or alternatively, three weekends.

What You will learn

  • Preparation for Sea
  • Sail trim
  • Rules of the road (IRPCS)
  • Emergency situations
  • Man overboard drill
  • Navigation and chartwork
  • Coastal voyages
  • Pilotage
  • Leadership
  • Maintenance and Repair Work
  • Passage making
  • Yacht Handling Under Power and Sail
  • Engines
  • Victualling


RYA Dayskipper Certificate

Next Step ——–

RYA qualifing miles logbook
RYA Coastal Skipper theory Certificate
RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate

Course schedule

Set sail on a unique twelve-day voyage combining the Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses, offering an immersive and comprehensive journey into the realm of sailing. This dual course, which can be undertaken as a continuous ten-day adventure or split into two separate 6-day weeks, builds on the foundational skills acquired in the Competent Crew course and elevates your experience with the advanced techniques of the Day Skipper program.

The course is designed not only to enhance your practical sailing abilities but also to deepen your theoretical knowledge. As part of this package, you’ll receive access to the Day Skipper theory online course, providing a well-rounded educational experience that blends hands-on practice with essential navigational and theoretical learning.

This expansive journey takes you to two contrasting yet equally mesmerizing locations. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands, where tranquil waters provide the perfect setting for honing your newly acquired skills. Then, set off from Cherbourg for an invigorating sail around the Channel Islands and the Solent region, a vibrant area that offers a more dynamic sailing environment. This combination of locations ensures a diverse and enriching experience, ideal for those embarking on their sailing journey.

Whether you opt for the continuous 10-day experience or prefer to split it into two distinct weeks, this comprehensive course promises a transformative sailing experience. Navigate the calm Dutch waters and then challenge yourself in the bustling channels of the Solent, all while building a solid foundation of sailing skills set against the backdrop of diverse and dynamic environments. This unique combination course is not just a learning experience; it’s an adventure that sets you on a path to becoming a confident and skilled sailor.

We begin with an intensive start, diving deep into the world of sailing navigation. On this first day, we build upon the basic chart work and navigation knowledge you already have, with a special focus on tidal streams and current predictions. The day ends with a practical sailing trip where you immediately apply the knowledge gained and experience the finer points of sailing.

On day two, we delve further into pilotage techniques and introduce electronic navigation aids. It’s a day full of practice, focused on navigating in challenging conditions and harbours. This day helps elevate your navigational skills to a higher level.

The third day is dedicated to meteorology. We thoroughly analyse how different weather conditions can influence sailing planning. We also apply the International Maritime Rules (COLREGs) in more complex sailing scenarios, which is essential for every aspiring skipper.

Day four brings the challenge of passage planning and leadership development. As a student, you take the lead in planning a coastal passage, utilising your advanced navigational knowledge. This day is crucial for developing your leadership and team management skills.

On day five, you put everything you’ve learned into practice during the execution of the planned passage. It’s a day where you can really demonstrate and adapt your navigational, pilotage, and skippering skills to the reality of a sailing trip.

The final day is a time for reflection and application of all learned skills during the return journey to the home port. There’s a special emphasis on refining crew coordination, yacht handling, and emergency response. The course concludes with an extensive debriefing, discussing your progress and next steps.

This Day Skipper programme is not just a course; it’s an adventure that takes you into the depths of sailing skills and knowledge. It builds on what you’ve learned in the Competent Crew course and takes you on a deeper and more specialised learning experience, preparing you to confidently act as a skipper.