RYA Dayskipper


RYA Dayskipper



* 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)
  • LifeJacket Spinlock (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
Quality course (+1 day)

This course includes extra day above standard
Learn all about our company standards

€ 195,00
COURSE package

Arranged lunch/diner (week groceries)

At DBN, we aim to optimize every training day for you. Handling groceries at the beginning of your course doesn’t contribute to your learning, so we take care of this for you—a convenience not all  sailing schools offer.

Harbour fees

Fuel cost

Bed linnen/towels

€ 262,50

Course dates

For certification, you must complete a minimum of 5 days of training or alternatively, three weekends.
RYA Dayskipper
23 Jun - 29 Jun
Fully booked
RYA Dayskipper
30 Jun - 06 Jul
4 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
07 Jul - 13 Jul
Fully booked
RYA Dayskipper
14 Jul - 20 Jul
2 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
21 Jul - 27 Jul
Fully booked
RYA Dayskipper
04 Aug - 10 Aug
2 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
11 Aug - 17 Aug
Fully booked
RYA Dayskipper
18 Aug - 24 Aug
3 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
25 Aug - 31 Aug
4 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
01 Sep - 07 Sep
4 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
08 Sep - 14 Sep
4 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
15 Sep - 21 Sep
4 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
22 Sep - 28 Sep
4 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
29 Sep - 05 Oct
4 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
06 Oct - 12 Oct
4 spots available
RYA Dayskipper
13 Oct - 19 Oct
2 spots available

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

Embark on a six-day journey with the Day Skipper course, an enthralling adventure that takes you deeper into the world of sailing. Building upon the foundation laid in the Competent Crew course, this programme elevates your sailing experience. It’s designed to enhance your ability to perform tasks and foster a comprehensive understanding of various aspects of sailing.

This enriching journey is available in two captivating locations: the scenic waters of the IJsselmeer and the Wadden Sea in the Netherlands, and the vibrant sailing grounds starting from Cherbourg, offering exhilarating trips around the Channel Islands and the Solent region. Ideal for those new to the world of sailing, this course offers an all-encompassing introduction to sailing skills, set against a backdrop of diverse and dynamic environments. Whether you’re navigating the tranquil waters of the IJsselmeer or exploring the bustling Solent, this course promises a memorable and transformative sailing experience.

Following is an example of how a typical course week might unfold:

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.