RYA Day Skipper - St Lucia

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RYA Day Skipper - St Lucia

Starts: 10am  Cafe Ole, Rodney Bay Marina

Finishes: Ends 4pm day 7

What the Girls Had to Say

"What a great week it was! I really enjoyed it. Thank you all for everything - the warm welcome, the friendly, relaxed atmosphere, the patience of the instructors - and the female touch which put us all more in our comfort zone!!"


About The Event

The RYA Day Skipper course teaches the basic practical skippering skills to enable you to be a confident and happy day skipper of a yacht on short passages by day. During the week each person has the chance to act as skipper. This will include planning on where to go, when to get there and obstacles that may be in the way. You will practice mooring in many different ways and go through things in as many difficult ways in case you ever feel you may be caught out. Your instructor will always advise you on the safest way to do things, and to remind you that you aren't in any rush! 

On our RYA Day Skipper in the Caribbean there is also an opportunity to be introduced to or refresh your navigation skills and your instructor will guide you through using these practically on the water. She will also advise and coach you on the general day-to-day running of the boat such as preparing the boat for sea, engine checks, checking weather forecasts and being able to present a safety brief to your crew. Whilst sailing, your instructor will run through various practices such as reefing, how to trim the sails, rules of the road and general deck work and any other areas you may not be confident or confused with. Take advantage of her knowledge and better yours in any way possible, she will explain it to you in a way that makes sense for you.

The Day Skipper course includes everything you could possibly need to be in charge of a boat, and most charter companies will require a Day Skipper certificate for you to be able to charter a boat.

This 5 day course also gives you a chance to meet other like-minded ladies who want to get out there just as much as you do - in the relaxing waters of the beautiful Caribbean. Don't worry if you are coming on your own, by the end of the week you will feel like you've known your fellow crew members forever!!

By the end of this course you should be a successful RYA Day Skipper and be able to undertake short passages by day in tidal and non-tidal waters - and have enjoyed a Caribbean holiday with a difference!

Who is the Day Skipper course for?

Perhaps you've successfully completed your RYA Competent Crew course and/or learned to sail with some basic knowledge about how to crew a yacht. This probably includes trips with the family/friends or previous dinghy sailing experience but now you want to take on the challenge of becoming a skipper!  It's time to complete your RYA Day Skipper course. This is the next step in feeling even more confident on a boat. You can undertake this 5 day course over 5 consecutive days or across 2 weekends and we coach you through the RYA syllabus which will ultimately leave you able to skipper a boat during the day in familiar waters.

What does the Day Skipper course cover?

The main points you will be covering in the RYA syllabus during these 5 days are;

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation & pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power and sail
  • Passage making and night cruising
  • Everything you need to be able to skipper a yacht in familiar waters yourself....
  • See the full syllabus here

How exciting does this sound??? Just imagine yourself at the helm of a boat, skippering and feeling confident with everything you're doing....!

Pre-Course Requirements

  • At least 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours of sailing experience
  • Knowledge of basic navigation and helmsmanship
  • It is strongly recommended that you complete the Day Skipper theory course beforehand

Navigation is the most important theoretical element of becoming a skipper. Everything learnt on the theory course will be put into practice during the practical course.  There are several options for gaining the relevant navigation knowledge:

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory online - around 40 hours of interactive home study with support and help available
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory in a classroom - 5 days - we run these periodically throughout the year and can be taken as a combined 10 day course with the practical
  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course - 2 days - if you don't have time for the 5 day course this would give you the basics and would definitely help you complete the practical

Ultimately, you need to be comfortable to navigate to a port using the charts/GPS and calculate tidal heights and streams using the almanac.

The boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 

About St Lucia

Saint Lucia is the perfect destination, whether you're after romance, rejuvenation or adventure. A genuine, natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches, miles of unspoiled rainforest and the majestic Piton Mountains, are sure to indulge every taste. Natural waterfalls, breath-taking views, friendly locals and authentic culture impress the most travelled individuals for a holiday with lasting memories.

Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • Food starter pack
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Wet weather gear/clothing
  • Sleepingbag/pillow

Why choose Girls for Sail?

·         You will be learning from our handpicked RYA Qualified Skippers

·         We strive to provide a teaching environment that instils confidence

·         We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition 

·         There's no such thing as a 'silly' question

·         No shouting onboard

·         We believe sailing is supposed to be fun

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book?

Click on the link below to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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