Learn Safe and Skillful Use of a Pleasure Craft

Day Skipper Clinic

The perfect course for aspiring skippers who have some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.

Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give guidance and support and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't.

The Day Skipper course is taken in tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly. 


The pre requisites for the Day Skipper are the Canadian Recreational Yachting Association Competent Crew Shore and Practical Component with 20 hours experience on the water.

The course content includes:

  • Preparation for sea, deck work
  • Navigation
  • Piloting meteorology,
  • Rules of the road,
  • Maintenance and repair work,
  • Engines
  • Handling emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Passage making

On completion and once the course is registered the student is certified as a skipper of a live aboard vessel to be responsible for the safely of the crew while day sailing in familiar waters during daylight in moderate wind and sea conditions using basic navigation skills


There are two components to the course:

1.  Shore Based Component

This can be completed by at home study by working through the Day Skipper Manual and completing the exercises at the end of each module.

The minimum time required is 20 hours.


2.  Practical - On the Water

20 hours on the water if the shore based component is completed or 40 hours on the water to complete both Shore based and ‘on the water” practical.