5 Day Practical Sailing course 

COURSE FEE US$915 – Discounts available for group bookings. See below.

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This is a comprehensive skipper training course and the next grade up from RYA Competent Crew for those who wish to manage a yacht. There is a suggested minimum pre-course experience of 5 days sea time; 100 nm logged and 4 night hours. There is a minimum age of 16 before a certificate can be issued, however, the course my be taken earlier.

Prior to taking this course it is assumed students have knowledge of navigation to Day Skipper Theory and basic sailing ability.

Please Note: From January 2107 the RYA have ruled there will no longer be a distinction between Day Skipper non tidal and tidal.

Day Skipper notes
Discounts / student:

  • 5% – 2 students on the same course.
  • 7.5% – 3 students on the same course.
  • 10% – 4 students, or more, on the same course.

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Course Schedule: 09:00 Sunday – 17:30 Thursday.

Student/Instructor Ratio: 5/1 maximum allowed. We aim for 4/1 but cannot guarantee.

Ability after Course: Able to skipper a small yacht in local waters by day. Eligibility for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) .

Course Fees: (see above) to include:

  • On board accommodation. Add 75% supplement for private cabin when available.
  • On board catering – Sunday lunch through Thursday lunch. Students may eat ashore 2 nights a week but are not obligated to do so. All meals taken ashore are for the students account.
  • RYA DSPCN Course notes.
  • Practical sail training in the warm Caribbean waters with some night sailing and the possibility of a circumnavigation of Antigua.
  • Photo ID course completion certificate. Please bring 1 Passport Photo


  • All year round Sundays to Thursdays subject to prior bookings. With 3 yachts and 3 instructors we are confident we can offer you what you want, when you want it.
  • Reserve your dates.

Consider our 1 or 2 day training courses that will enhance your training and make the most of your time in Antigua. Not only will you maximise the investment in your trip, you will depart with two RYA qualifications instead of one!

If you wish to include any of our 1 or 2 Day Courses in your package please contact us for availability


Please visit our USA Online Store, or UK Online Store for the following recommended pre-course study materials, and a selection of clothing, sailing and travel accessories.

  • International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea
  • RYA Weather Handbook
  • RYA Navigation Exercises
  • Day Skipper Theory
  • Day Skipper Practical
  • Day Skipper Handbook

To assist with your planning we offer some suggestions for Accommodation and Travel

Day Skipper Practical Syllabus

DSP - Syllabus

Preparation for sea
Deck work
Rule of the road
Maintenance and repair work
Emergency situations
Yacht handling under power
Yacht handling under sail
Passage making
Night cruising

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