Day Skipper


Course Title: Day Skipper

Cost: €725

The Day Skipper is 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.  We encourage that you have at least taken the Competent Crew Course with us or have spent at least 5 days on a yacht acting as an effective crew member.

We strongly recommend that you complete the Day Skipper Shorebased Course first, which will give you the background theory knowledge making the navigation work aboard much easier. You will be required to have assumed knowledge of theory to the level of RYA Day Skipper. Please be aware that the instructor will test you on this level of knowledge. 

Completion of this course will allow you to then obtain an ICC (International Certificate of Competency) which will then allow you to charter any one of our fleet of 1720s or our larger yachts, and is the international standard for charter abroad.


  • 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

There are two options for the 5-day courses, either Monday to Friday or over two weekends. All courses meet at Dun Laoghaire Marina at 9.30am on first day of course. Course finish times will vary depending on destinations and weather conditions

Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

This course is run in conjunction with the Competent Crew Course. To make a booking please click here. You will be directed to the Competent Crew Course Booking.

Participant Requirements/Knowledge...

Participants are recommended to have the following experience, minimium 5 days at sea; 100miles logged, and at least 4 hours 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.

This course is held on board either our Elan 36 ‘Beaufort Venture’ or our First 36 ‘Lula Belle’. Both are 36-foot cruising yachts with 6 berths, full kitchen including stove and fridge, as well as toilet and shower facilities.

We provide foul weather waterproofs from Gill Marine and life jackets.

Day Skipper Practical

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Course 9

Friday 6th May - Sunday 15th May

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Course 10

Monday 9th May - Friday 13th May

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Course 11

Friday 20th May - Sunday 29th May

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Course 12

Monday 23rd May - Friday 27th May

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Course 13

Monday 30th May - Friday 3rd June

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Course 14

Saturday 4th June - Sunday 12th June

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Course 15

Friday 17th June - Sunday 26th June

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Course 16

Monday 20th June - Friday 24th June

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Course 17

Friday 1st July - Sunday 10th July

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Course 18

Monday 4th July - Friday 8th July

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Course 19

Friday 15th July - Sunday 24th July

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Course 20

Monday 18th July - Friday 22nd July

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Course 21

Friday 29th July - Sunday 7th August

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Course 22

Monday 1st August - Friday 5th August

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Course 23

Friday 12th August - Sunday 21st August

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Course 24

Monday 15th August - Friday 19th August

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Course 25

Friday 26th August - Sunday 4th September

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Course 26

Monday 29th August - Friday 2nd September

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Course 27

Friday 9th August - Sunday 18th September

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Course 28

Monday 12th September - Friday 16th September

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Course 29

Friday 23rd September - Sunday 2nd October

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Course 30

Monday 26th September - Friday 30th September

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Course 31

Friday 7th October - Sunday 16th October

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Course 32

Monday 10th October - Friday 14th October

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Course 33

Friday 21st - Sunday 30th October

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Course 34

Monday 24th - Friday 28th October

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star rating  We did once off rock pooling and kayaking and it was great fun. The kids had great fun and they allowed me to go ith them too. In the end... read more

April 1, 2018

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

June 25, 2020

star rating  I have just done the RYA Competent Crew course here, five-days aboard the 36-foot Beaufort Venture under the guidance of instructor Gary Curran. The whole week surpassed my expectations, and... read more

June 1, 2017

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