Course Overview

Whilst we have always provided courses for females to take part in, we have often found that ladies are more apprehensive prior to the start of a course. With that in mind, for 2018, we will be launching Ladies Only RYA Courses. These courses will allow you to still reach the same level of qualification, whilst in the company of other women. The number of female students taking Start Yachting, Competent Crew and Day Skipper is increasing every year, so why not join us, either alone or get a group of friends involved.
From feedback, there are a variety of reasons our students give for wanting to take part in a female only course. Ladies often feel that the men take over (sorry men) and don’t give them a chance to prove themselves. Or that perhaps they are not as physically able as some men, and feel that might cause issues during the course. Ladies might just want a break from the men in your life. And of course, there are the sleeping arrangements, and the potential of having to share a cabin/boat with a man you do not know. Also, females tend to learn differently than men, and by offering female-only courses, you will learn to sail and gain confidence with other like-minded females in an atmosphere that suits your learning style. Whatever the reason, females love to learn to sail but feel nervous about the perception that it is a male-dominated sport.

Book and complete this course between October and March and receive your RYA SRC Radio course for just £39.00

Price from £399.00

Pre-Course Experience

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

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of being on board a boat to Competent Crew level. We also strongly recommend that you do the Day Skipper theory beforehand. This course can be done online or in a classroom and enables you to put chartwork knowledge into practice rather than learning everything whilst afloat.

Student Instructor Ratio

Maximum 5:1


5 days (3 weekends or 3 days plus 2 days)

Course Content
  • 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
Ability after Course

On successful completion you will be able to skipper your own yacht or charter yacht. This course also allows you to obtain and International Certificate of Competence, (ICC) the requirement for charter abroad.

Course Syllabus

RYA Day Skipper Syllabus

Preparation for sea
Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below

Deck Work
Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions

Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth

Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including:
Taking and plotting visual fixes
Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing
Use of waypoints
Working up to DR and EP
Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams
Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift
Knowledge of IALA buoyage
Maintenance of navigational records
Use of echo sounder and lead linel

Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour
Understands the use of leading and clearing lines

Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage

Knows where to obtain a weather forecast
Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid

Rules of the road
Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea

Maintenance and repair work
Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks

Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes

Knows how to change fuel and water filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system

Understands how to victual a yacht

Emergency situations
Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard
Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft
Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message
Understands how to secure a tow
Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue

Yacht handling under power
Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide
Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing

Passage making
Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew

Night cruising
Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour. Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.

Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness

Helmsmanship and sailing
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power.

What’s Included

When you book a course with Bacchus Yachting we do our best to ensure there are no extra fees – everything you need to complete your course is included:

  • A shared cabin on board one of our yachts
  • Meals and refreshments whilst on board, (except the evening of joining and one other)
  • All mooring fees(home marinas only)
  • All fuel costs
  • Use of safety kit (wet weather gear can be hired should you need it)
  • RYA certification for all successful students


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