RYA Day Skipper Combined (Shorebased and Practical)

£1,335.00 per person  inc VAT

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Our intensive RYA Day Skipper Combined offers the advantage of completing your shore-based and practical sailing qualifications over a shorter period of time – 9 days.

As part of your RYA Day Skipper Combined course, you will undertake 4-days shore-based training at King Point Marina, followed by the 5-day practical element. Your practical training will take place on our 42′ sailing yacht.

King Point Marina is a small and modern marina with fabulous facilities. Conveniently located just 5-minutes away from Plymouth mainline train station by taxi, we are easily accessible with regular links from Exeter, Bristol, Birmingham and London. If you choose to travel by car, a pay and display car park can be found opposite the marina.

Whilst undertaking your RYA Day Skipper Combined with Devon Sailing Experiences, not only will you be working towards achieving your qualification, but Devon and Cornwall will provide your spectacular scenery and sailing ground. Your west-country based training course offers some of the most beautiful moorings and anchorages along the coast, along with any of the sailing challenges you would expect to encounter anywhere in the UK leaving you with confidence in your abilities as a skipper.

Upon leaving Plymouth Sound you may choose to head to Cornwall: Falmouth offers marina facilities in the heart of the town, giving you and your crew the opportunity to explore the local pubs while you discuss your plans for the next day. Mylor, which is quieter and a little further up the river, also offers marina facilities which are modern and well-maintained, along with a yacht club and local pubs. If, as part of your training, you choose to plot a course to the picturesque Cornish town of Fowey, you will find a warm welcome with plenty of places to enjoy a pleasant evening ashore whilst you enjoy some well deserved down time during your intensive training week.

When booking your RYA Day Skipper Shorebased, Devon Sailing Experiences are confident that you will receive high-quality training from your knowledgeable and experienced instructor.

For the comfort of all of our guests, our yachts are designated non-smoking to maintain their high-quality.

Key RYA course information can be found under the Additional Information tab.

King Point Marina in Plymouth is the starting location for our RYA Day Skipper Combined, Devon.

Typical student to instructor ratio is 3:1. Maximum student ratio is 4:1. Maximum purchase online is for 3 attendees. Please contact us if you would like to book more places.

Additional information

Pre-course experience and assumed knowledge

5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht.


9 days plus exam.
Weds-Sat: Shorebased module.
Sun: Day off. Join the yacht at 18:00 Sunday eve.
Mon-Fri: Practical module.

Minimum age

Under 18s MUST be accompanied by a paying parent/guardian.

Course content

Shore-based modules: The basics of seamanship; essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage; chartwork including use of electronic charts; position fixing; plotting a course to steer; weather forecasting and meteorology; tides; collision regulations; construction, parts and equipment of a cruising boat; emergency and safety procedures including distress calls,use of flares, safety harnesses, lifejackets and liferafts.
Practical modules: Preparation for sea, deck work, navigation, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualling, emergency situations, yacht handling under power, yacht handling under sail, passage making, night cruising.
NOTE – small amounts of homework will be set during the shore-based element of this course.


Shore-based module: tea, coffee and light refreshments.
Practical module: 5 nights accommodation aboard the yacht, your own double cabin*, freshly laundered sheets, pillows and pillowcases, meals aboard the yacht, mooring fees, gas, fuel and a fully-qualified Yachtmaster instructor.

* If you book 2 places, we will assume you wish to share a cabin with the person you are booking with UNLESS YOU TELL US OTHERWISE AT THE POINT OF BOOKING.

Not Included

Accommodation and meals during your shore-based module.


Shore-based module and starting location for the practical-based module is King Point Marina, Plymouth, Devon.

Car Parking

You are welcome to enter the car park next to the marina to drop off passengers and bags but will need to relocate your car to a nearby pay and display car park. The Brunel Way Car Park (a 5-minute walk to the marina) or Weston Approach Car Park (an 11-minute walk to the marina) are the closest.


Please refer to the Terms and Conditions on our website. You are strongly recommended to take out insurance in the event of your cancellation outside our Terms and Conditions.

Devon Sailing Experiences may need to cancel upon advice received from the Skipper based on forecast sailing conditions. You will be notified 3 days prior to your sail. In this case, please refer to our Terms and Conditions which can be found on our website.


We are only able to run our RYA courses with a minimum of 3 students.

If you book 2 places, we will assume you wish to share a cabin with the person you are booking with UNLESS YOU TELL US OTHERWISE AT THE POINT OF BOOKING.