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RYA Day skipper Course in Barcelona with Barcelona Watersports

Whether you own a yacht, would like to charter a yacht for a holiday or simply want to learn a new skill the RYA Dayskipper is the course for you! The RYA Dayskipper course entails theortical and practical training. The 5 days of theory is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers and is essential preparation for the RYA Dayskipper practical course. The 5 day practical course requires you to plan a trip; this entails familiarising yourself with the yacht, organising your crew, forecasting weather, navigation and pilotage plans for the best course to steer. You will also try out some night sailing which is very popular and is considered essential sailing experience.

Why RYA Dayskipper: Once you have your RYA Dayskipper you can charter a yacht and enjoy sailing! Chartering a yacht is the perfect opportunity to get away from the crowded beaches, discover isolated coves only accessible by the sea and build on your skippering experience. Barcelona Watersports charter out their yachts from Port Vell.

What Next: After your Dayskipper course and further skippering practice, Barcelona Watersports also runs the advanced RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster courses. These courses are essential for those that want to carve out a career in sailing or those that have gained skippering experience after their Dayskipper course and are wanting to broaden their horizons by venturing on longer trips by day or night.

Cost €725 

The course itinerary will vary depending on the weather conditions during the week, you are involved in planning where you go as this is an essential skill to learn for when you skipper a boat.

Day One 

The first morning of the course is spent getting familiar with the boat and all the safety equipment onboard, we would then either plan a sail up or down the coast or sail just off Barcelona to practice some sailing skills. We would then get the charts out and pilot book and look to where we can go for Day two

Day Two

After breakfast onboard we would prepare the boat, destinations might be going South to Sitges which is around a 6 hour sail. Or go North and head towards the Costa Brava heading to wards Blanes, both are very good marinas and super good for an evening out with local tapas and wines whilst you are looking back on the day.

Day Three

After getting some fresh croissants and bread, again the day starts planning the journey ahead and what we need to achieve, there is many practical skills to learn where it is good to throw the boat around a little instead of going in a straight line to another destination. So a shorter trip to Tossa De Mar where you can pick up a mooring buoy and pump up the tender and motor ashore or use the local water Taxi. This is a super stop with an amazing historic town and a very rugged and picturesque coastal line with many anchorages.

Day Four

We often use the 4th day for a night sail into Barcelona, night sailing is an important experience and a highlight being on the water on a starry night. You can practice naviagtion and light recognition and coming into Barcelona and the mass of lights is great practice.

Day Five 

We like to finish with a day of lots of boat manoeuvres and parking skills, we start debriefs and certificates and filling in your logbooks around 1500 and packing away the boat ready for a 1600 finish.

Please note: All course itineraries are examples and do not form any part of the contract

  • Do we stay onboard the yacht? Yes, for a very good reason as we want to sail to different destinations each night to gain the best experience, instead of day sailing out of the same port each day
  • How many people on a course? We run with a maximum of 5 persons
  • Do we share cabins? No Limits is very spacious with 3 double cabins and a double saloon berth. If you are a couple or friends happy to share then that helps. If you are on your own and wish for your own cabin then there is a €99 supplement you can pay.
  • What does the Dayskipper allow me to skipper? You can skipper boats up to 24 metres in Day light hours in familiar waters. In waters like Spain they define it as sailing upto 12 miles from the coast. 
  • What is the International Certificate of Competence(ICC)? You can also with your Dayskipper apply for the ICC, this is just a simple paperwork exercise. The ICC is useful in European waters where some countries do not recognise the RYA Dayskipper(for example in Spain the ICC is more recognised by the Port Police)
  • Do we shower onboard? There is two showers onboard but you will mainly be stopping at marinas where they have shower facilities(WIFI etc too), if you are lucky on occasional nights we do anchor in secluded bays which is an amazing experience.
  • What food is provided? Breakfasts and lunches onboard and an evening meal for the night sailing experience. Other evenings will be ashore at a local restaurant(so many great places to go!) If you have an allergies we ask prior to the course and we will best provide, you are welcome to bring any snacks or specialist food. We share the cooking as this is part of the experience of living aboard, so if you have a specialty dish let us know and we can get the ingredients!
Course Description

Whether you own a yacht, would like to charter a yacht for a holiday or simply want to learn a new skill the RYA Dayskipper is the course for you! The RYA Dayskipper course entails theortical and practical training. The 5 days of theory is a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers and is essential preparation for the RYA Dayskipper practical course. The 5 day practical course requires you to plan a trip; this entails familiarising yourself with the yacht, organising your crew, forecasting weather, navigation and pilotage plans for the best course to steer. You will also try out some night sailing which is very popular and is considered essential sailing experience.

Why RYA Dayskipper: Once you have your RYA Dayskipper you can charter a yacht and enjoy sailing! Chartering a yacht is the perfect opportunity to get away from the crowded beaches, discover isolated coves only accessible by the sea and build on your skippering experience. Barcelona Watersports charter out their yachts from Port Vell.

What Next: After your Dayskipper course and further skippering practice, Barcelona Watersports also runs the advanced RYA Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster courses. These courses are essential for those that want to carve out a career in sailing or those that have gained skippering experience after their Dayskipper course and are wanting to broaden their horizons by venturing on longer trips by day or night.

Cost €725 

Itinerary

The course itinerary will vary depending on the weather conditions during the week, you are involved in planning where you go as this is an essential skill to learn for when you skipper a boat.

Day One 

The first morning of the course is spent getting familiar with the boat and all the safety equipment onboard, we would then either plan a sail up or down the coast or sail just off Barcelona to practice some sailing skills. We would then get the charts out and pilot book and look to where we can go for Day two

Day Two

After breakfast onboard we would prepare the boat, destinations might be going South to Sitges which is around a 6 hour sail. Or go North and head towards the Costa Brava heading to wards Blanes, both are very good marinas and super good for an evening out with local tapas and wines whilst you are looking back on the day.

Day Three

After getting some fresh croissants and bread, again the day starts planning the journey ahead and what we need to achieve, there is many practical skills to learn where it is good to throw the boat around a little instead of going in a straight line to another destination. So a shorter trip to Tossa De Mar where you can pick up a mooring buoy and pump up the tender and motor ashore or use the local water Taxi. This is a super stop with an amazing historic town and a very rugged and picturesque coastal line with many anchorages.

Day Four

We often use the 4th day for a night sail into Barcelona, night sailing is an important experience and a highlight being on the water on a starry night. You can practice naviagtion and light recognition and coming into Barcelona and the mass of lights is great practice.

Day Five 

We like to finish with a day of lots of boat manoeuvres and parking skills, we start debriefs and certificates and filling in your logbooks around 1500 and packing away the boat ready for a 1600 finish.

Please note: All course itineraries are examples and do not form any part of the contract

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do we stay onboard the yacht? Yes, for a very good reason as we want to sail to different destinations each night to gain the best experience, instead of day sailing out of the same port each day
  • How many people on a course? We run with a maximum of 5 persons
  • Do we share cabins? No Limits is very spacious with 3 double cabins and a double saloon berth. If you are a couple or friends happy to share then that helps. If you are on your own and wish for your own cabin then there is a €99 supplement you can pay.
  • What does the Dayskipper allow me to skipper? You can skipper boats up to 24 metres in Day light hours in familiar waters. In waters like Spain they define it as sailing upto 12 miles from the coast. 
  • What is the International Certificate of Competence(ICC)? You can also with your Dayskipper apply for the ICC, this is just a simple paperwork exercise. The ICC is useful in European waters where some countries do not recognise the RYA Dayskipper(for example in Spain the ICC is more recognised by the Port Police)
  • Do we shower onboard? There is two showers onboard but you will mainly be stopping at marinas where they have shower facilities(WIFI etc too), if you are lucky on occasional nights we do anchor in secluded bays which is an amazing experience.
  • What food is provided? Breakfasts and lunches onboard and an evening meal for the night sailing experience. Other evenings will be ashore at a local restaurant(so many great places to go!) If you have an allergies we ask prior to the course and we will best provide, you are welcome to bring any snacks or specialist food. We share the cooking as this is part of the experience of living aboard, so if you have a specialty dish let us know and we can get the ingredients!