Adult Sailing

Day Skipper

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

The Boat

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.

Sailing Gear

We provide foul weather waterproofs from Gill Marine, though you will need to bring with you enough clothing for two days and a sleeping bag.

Course Dates 2022

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


Course 1: Friday 4th to Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th March - Fully Booked
Course 2: Monday 7th March to Friday 11th March
Course 3: Friday 18th to Sunday 20th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March
Course 4: Monday 21st to Friday 25th March
Course 5: Friday 8th to Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April
Course 6: Monday 11th to Friday 15th April
Course 7: Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th, Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May
Course 8: Monday 25th to Friday 29th April
Course 9: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May
Course 10: Monday 9th to Friday 13th May
Course 11: Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th May
Course 12: Monday 23rd to Friday 27th May
Course 13: Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June
Course 14: Saturday 4th to Monday 6th June, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June
Course 15: Friday 17th to Sunday 19th, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June
Course 16: Monday 20th to Friday 24th June
Course 17: Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July
Course 18: Monday 4th to Friday 8th July
Course 19: Friday 15th to Sunday 17th, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th July
Course 20: Monday 18th to Friday 22nd July
Course 21: Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th August
Course 22: Monday 1st to Friday 5th August
Course 23: Friday 12th to Sunday 14th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August
Course 24: Monday 15th to Friday 19th August
Course 25: Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September
Course 26: Monday 29th to August – Friday 2nd September
Course 27: Friday 9th to Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September
Course 28: Monday 12th to Friday 16th September
Course 29: Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October
Course 30: Monday 26th to Friday 30th September
Course 31: Friday 7th to Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October
Course 32: Monday 10th to Friday 14th October
Course 33: Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October
Course 34: Monday 24th to Friday 28th October


Course fee: €725



Amendments to operating procedures

Please note, these are our current operational changes, and may change by the time your course commences:

  • Only one person will be permitted to go below deck at any one time.
  • We will not be overnighting on the boat, therefore you will not be in close contact with anyone for an extended duration. Courses will run from 9.30am on the first day until the evening. Exact times will be worked out by the whole group and instructor.
  • We are unable to provide catering/meals, instead we ask that you bring a packed lunch with you each day. A flask of soup for example might be nice for the colder days. We will provide the means for tea and coffee, but ask that you bring a travel mug so as to no share any cutlery etc.
  • All gear issued will have been decontaminated prior to handing over.
  • We’ll provide hand sanitiser and cleaning equipment to prevent cross contamination on board the boat.
  • Everyone must complete a health declaration prior to attending.

Amendments to bookings due to COVID-19

If you make a future booking, please be reassured that if the course is unable to go ahead due to public health restrictions we will reschedule the course to a time of your convenience or refund the fees.

EU Digital COVID Certificate

Since the 7th of December 2021 the EU Digital COVID Certificate is required for attending programmes such as the ones we offer. We will apply, expand and restrict this measure in line with regulations in place at the time of the programme. We will not refund fees where someone is unable to produce an EU Digital COVID Certificate at the time of their programme.

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.


Once you have chosen a date that suits you can book online below, or by calling us on 01 2844195 to book onto your chosen course. Once you have booked in, we'll send you a confirmation email outlining your course and what to expect! Please ensure to have read our Terms and Conditions prior to enrolling. Our cancellation policy for this course can be viewed here.

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