Day Skipper


Certification: RYA Day Skipper

Cost: €800

Duration: 5-days

Times: Dependent on destinations and weather conditions

The Day Skipper is a course designed for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and navigation / theory skills to the standard of the Day Skipper Theory Shorebased Course.

Learn to take full responsibility for the yacht and its crew. You will skipper passages with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement while ensuring your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn’t.


To qualify for this course:

  • You must have taken the Competent Crew Course with us or have spent at least 5 days on a yacht acting as an effective crew member.
  • Have navigation and theory knowledge to Day Skipper Shorebased Theory level, either by completing the Theory Course and passing the assessment or by knowledge and ability self-taught/learned in other ways. Please be aware that the instructor will test you on this level of knowledge. Without this you cannot successfully complete the Day Skipper Practical course.

Once candidates have successfully completed this course, they will receive a certificate and be eligible to apply to Irish Sailing for an ICC (International Certificate of Competency), which is recognised in many countries as evidence of competence to skipper a small vessel in coastal waters.

Sleeping arrangements & berthing port overnight 

We will aim to berth overnight in Dun Laoghaire each evening, so that you will be free to head off home and re-join the boat in the morning. Alternatively, you are welcome to stay on board if you are not living locally. There will be one late evening sail which will be agreed with the Skipper at the beginning of the week.

We do not supply sleeping bags or sheets for the bunks, we require clients to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow for all courses.


  • Preparation of a yacht for sea
  • Reefing
  • Anchoring
  • Navigation to include
    • Position Fixes
    • Course to Steer
    • Dead reckoning and Estimated Positions
    • Pilotage
  • Interpreting Shipping forecasts
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Basic Engine Maintenance
  • Can handle a yacht under power
  • Can handle a yacht in close quarters under sail

Where to meet

All courses meet at Dun Laoghaire Marina at 9.30am on first day of course.  The finish times of the course each day will vary depending on destinations and weather conditions.

The Boat

This course is held on board our Elan 36 ‘Beaufort Venture.’ It is a 36-foot cruising yacht with 6 berths, full kitchen including stove and fridge, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

Gear Provided

We provide foul weather waterproofs and lifejackets.

There are two options for the 5-day courses.

  • Option 1: Weekdays from Monday to Friday
  • Option 2: Over two weekends. Generally, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the following Saturday and Sunday.


Course Dates can be viewed below.

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

  • Course 1: Friday 9th to Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February
  • Course 2: Monday 12th to Friday 16th February
  • Course 3: Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th February, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March
  • Course 4: Monday 26th February to Friday 1st March
  • Course 5: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th to Monday 18th March
  • Course 6: Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March
  • Course 7: Monday 25th to Sunday 29th March
  • Course 8: Friday 12th to Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April
  • Course 9: Monday 15th to Friday 19th April
  • Course 10: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April, Saturday 4th to Monday 6th May
  • Course 11: Monday 29th April to Friday 3rd May


  • Course 12: Friday 10th to Sunday 12th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May
  • Course 13: Monday 13th to Friday 17th May
  • Course 14: Monday 20th to Friday 24th May
  • Course 15: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May, Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd June
  • Course 16: Monday 27th to Friday 31st May
  • Course 17: Friday 7th to Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June
  • Course 18: Monday 10th to Friday 14th June
  • Course 19: Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June
  • Course 20: Monday 24th to Friday 28th June
  • Course 21: Friday 5th to Sunday 7th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July
  • Course 22: Monday 8th to Friday 12th July
  • Course 23: Friday 19th to Sunday 21st, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July
  • Course 24: Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July
  • Course 25: Friday 9th to Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August
  • Course 26: Monday 12th to Friday 16th August
  • Course 27: Friday 23rd to Saturday 25th, Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September
  • Course 28: Monday 26th August to Friday 30th August



  • Course 29: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September
  • Course 30: Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September
  • Course 31: Monday 23rd to Friday 24th September
  • Course 32: Friday 4th to Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October
  • Course 33: Monday 7th to Friday 11th October
  • Course 34: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, Saturday 26th to Monday 28th October
  • Course 35: Monday 21st to Friday 25th October
  • Course 36: Friday 8th to Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November
  • Course 37: Friday 23rd to Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December


Participant Requirements/Knowledge

Participants are recommended to have the following experience:

  • Minimum 5 days at sea
  • 100miles logged
  • At least 4 hours sailing at night.

You will also be required to have assumed knowledge of theory to the level of RYA Day Skipper, and the instructor will test you on this level of knowledge.


star rating  Firstly, Jess (our instructor) was amazing! I was a bit nervous starting this course as I didn't know what to expect but Jess made it so easy to understand everything... read more

September 12, 2022

star rating  Came here with my mom for a stand up paddle board rental, the staff went above and beyond to be super friendly and the experience was great and good value!

July 28, 2020

star rating  Really lovely staff, super friendly. Would highly recommend the kayak and paddle board rentals! Great with a small group or big group.

Megan C
June 1, 2020

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