Port Solent Sailing School

RYA Day Skipper combined course

RYA Day Skipper combined course


The Sunsail RYA Day Skipper nine day combined course is designed for students looking for an efficient way to achieve their RYA Day Skipper theory and RYA Day Skipper practical qualifications within a short period of time.

The combined course synergises the theoretical and practical elements of the Day Skipper courses into one intensive block of instruction, which takes place at Sunsail’s UK base at Port Solent, on the South Coast of England. 

The RYA Day Skipper nine day combined course is ideal for those preparing for a yacht charter or flotilla holiday from one of our many international sailing bases.

Where to take this course with Sunsail

Portsmouth, UK

Why take this course with Sunsail?

The Sunsail RYA Day Skipper nine day combined course enables you to complete your theory and practical Day Skipper course together, in just nine days.

At the end of the course, if successful, you will have an invaluable insight into how to make decisions on board and stay safe while at sea.

The theory course is taught in a classroom here in Port Solent. This course equips you with enough knowledge to navigate around familiar waters by day. A basic knowledge of lights is also included to introduce you to night cruising.

Once you have completed the 4 day theory section you will move on to the yacht for the practical section of the course. This is a practical course for sailors with previous sailing experience (Pre-course experience: 5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht)


Accommodation for the duration of the theory course is not included however there are hotels available nearby such as the Premier Inn or Marriott hotel 10mins walk from the marina or the Village Hotel around a 10min drive.

Accommodation for the practical section of the course is on board our yachts. Please note that the accommodation for the practical course is a single berth upon a shared yacht and that this may include sharing a cabin or sleeping in a converted berth in the saloon. 

2019/20 9 day combined course dates

Available dates at Portsmouth base:

19th October 2019

8th February 2020
21st March 2020
11th April 2020
2nd May 2020
20th June 2020
18th July 2020
29th August 2020
19th September 2020
24th October 2020
14th November 2020

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