RYA Day Skipper

RYA Day Skipper

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How to Book and why we don’t do on line Credit Card bookings.
Choosing the right course is important and the one that is the most problematic is Day Skipper.
We don’t want impulse purchases. We will hold provisional bookings and we don’t do ‘prompts to purchase’ like ‘last seat left at this price’. So do drop us an e-mail or even better call Paul on 01823 433813 between 0800 and 2000 and ask the questions.

We are disappointed by the approach some schools are taking with courses that we feel don’t fully meet RYA standards and hidden extras that you only encounter once you are on board. Quite few expect you to eat out ashore most nights, as well as costing more it reduces the time to thoroughly cover the Syllabus.
Operating as part of LYC, a well established RYA training Centre, we are different

Afternoon Paul

Just a brief note to thank you for the excellent instruction last week , my only regret being that I did not undertake Day Skipper 10 years ago even in my powerboat days – my fuel bills could have been significantly reduced and I am sure I would have traveled further afield .

Pierre sept 2017

What is included:
• Services of experienced RYA Instructor
• Accommodation on board Wild Spirit
• Good on board food
• Berthing Fees, Fuel
• Use of foul weather gear (oilskins)
• Use of a life jacket and all safety equipment
• Superb marina facilities with free Car Parking and nearby station

We run the RYA courses in accordance with the Syllabuses, in full compliance with the hours requirements and without hidden extras, it makes a great 5 day holiday and we visit several different Ports plus anchor in some beautiful places. On 7 day courses we aim to cross the Channel and visit Alderney or Cherbourg. Most of the courses run out of Lymington Yacht Haven which adjoins the New Forest National Park.
There are no hidden extras.
Plus if you have passed Day Skipper theory and don’t pass Day Skipper Practical we will give you another weekend completely free together further training and with a re-assessment

‘I have been away on holiday putting my Day Skipper skills into practice in Turkey. You obviously taught me well: we were the only yacht trusted to go off on our own for a few day’s.
Robin Tunbridge Wells

Why do your RYA Day Skipper qualification with us?

Well there are quite a few sailing schools and RYA sailing courses along the south of England and some like Lymington Yacht Charter Sea School, who we operate as part of, have been around for quite a few years. So what makes us different?

Quite simply it is the way we operate. Good Instructors who you can speak to before the course—not freelancers hired in at the last moment.

Then there is the Yacht, Wild Spirit is more comfortable and better equipped than most and she has completed Fastnet and Round Ireland races plus sailed all the way round Britain including stopping off at St Kilda. So she is fast, safe and very well equipped.

The food on Wild Spirit is much better than most Sea School yachts; we all like cooking and enjoy good food so that is what you get. It also fits with our policy of ‘No hidden extras’. This is unlike some other schools who only tell you about the ‘Kitty’ after you get on board. The Kitty is there because the allowance for food is not enough, or the instructor has not been given enough to cover all mooring fees. The only Kitty on Wild Spirit is if the students want to have one for drinks ashore. You will have time to visit a Pub or Marina Bar 2 or 3 times and we do have a bottle of wine or two with Dinner but only when we are safely tied up for the night . We never drink and sail.

Hopefully the picture of what we do is now emerging, we run courses properly and we teach sailing because we enjoy it. RYA Day Skipper Courses and Competent Crew Courses have to be at least five days (108 hrs). We don’t run Day Skipper theory but the RYA says a minimum of 58 hours study is required for it plus the exam, yet some schools do a combined theory and practical in 9 days. The RYA also gives guidelines for minimum experience prior to Day Skipper, and we take notice of them.

RYA Day Skipper

Our aim is to not only completely fufill the RYA syllabus, but to make sure you really do learn all you can and enjoy it. So if you want to do your Day Skipper before you take your family or friends off on a Flotilla and want to know that, if you pass you are up to standard, do give us a call.

How many on a course?

The RYA are clear there is a maximum of 5 on a course, yet we have had people on board who tell us they did their CC with more than this on. We like to mix DS and CC and will only normally have a maximum of 4 DS on a course. Our favourite ratio is 2 DS and 3 CC.

A few Figures. Of the 9 in the Wild Spirit 2018 Volvo Round Ireland Team 6 had done RYA sailing courses with us before, one had sailed with Paul in a Sydney Hobart race and two are new. Of the 14 who cruised round Ireland with us (3 legs of two weeks) 11 had sailed with us before.

What’s included?

All on board food, fees, berthing costs, fuel and, if you don’t have them, use of Oilskins. RYA Log Books for Competent Crews. All safety equipment. Free Car parking at Lymington.

Extras

You are welcome to bring some wine to go with Dinner, but we don’t drink and sail.
Often the crew decide to have one Dinner out, the instructor will pay their share.If you want we will still provide on board food and you can opt out, it’s not a problem.

Unusual needs

We are interested in developing sailing abilities and have had students who coped with missing limbs and various medical conditions. Within reason, we can cope with special diets as well.

Contact Us for more information on UK RYA Sailing Courses

Give us a call–Paul 01823 433813, or email us at or email us at [email protected].

ID Join Likely Finish Event Price Spaces  
WS366 24 May
07:00
24 May
16:30
ISAF Course–for Fastnet etc £120 0 Email Wild Spirit

The offshore safety course for races such as Fastnet or Sydney to Hobart pic-(spot my bald spot)

A mix of theory and practical plus 2 short exams leads to Certificate which in conjunction with RYA Sea Survival is requirement for Cat 0, 1 and 2 races.

Note 0900 sharp start but you can probably o/n on board before course. finish is 1630 so you can get to your team yacht in time for the Eddystone race the next day.

Small amount of pre-course reading will be e-mailed–max half an hour.

WS369 31 May
19:30
2 Jun
04:30
YachtMaster Prep Weekend £295 2 Email Wild Spirit

A weekend of preparation for YM.
There is no set programme and with a maximum of 3 ‘students’ the focus will be on identifying areas for development. Don’t expect qualifying passages and more likely to include quite a bit of parking practice. We aren’t arranging an exam this time but can do so in the future.
You can also just come and build some miles plus see the process in action.

WS361 20 Jul
13:30
27 Jul
15:30
RYA Milebuilder to France and Channel Islands £595 4 Email Wild Spirit

Meet for 1330 Saturday at Lymington and catch the afternoon tide. Itinerary will depend on crew plus weather but Channel Islands and France most likely. At least 2 qualifying Pasages for Yachtmaster and a few meals out.
You can do Competent Crew on this trip and it is good for those wanting to build miles, experience and confidence (£25 extra to cover RYA fees plus Oilies).
Passport is essential.
on this trip we will have a Kitty for Food and Marinas but fuel is included in the cost.

One regular booked April 2019.

WS363 14 Aug
14:00
24 Aug
17:30
Milebuilder/ cruise to the Scillies £575 5 Email Wild Spirit

Meet Plymouth Wednesday evening ready to catch tide Thursday morning and head west.
Itinerary is weather plus team dependent but the Isles of Scilly are top of the list.
We finish Lymington and the price reflects this plus it is after the Fastnet but we have several days for any repairs. In the, most unlikely, event of this trip being cancelled we will refund cost in full, but travel is down to you. In 12 years of doing trips after the Fastnet, Round Ireland and 3 Peaks Yacht race we haven’t had to cancel a single one.

You can do Day Skipper or Competent Crew on this one and it is good for building miles plus experience add £25.
it is quite possible we will also visit Channel Islands and posibly France so a Passport is needed.