The RYA Day Skipper Course is intended to teach pilotage, navigation, seamanship and boat handling up to the standard required to skipper a small cruising yacht safely by day. Our Deluxe version adds the experience of living aboard a luxury yacht and practising your new skills aboard a larger vessel. This is the course for anyone who may be thinking of longer distance cruising.


To gain the confidence to charter ‘bareboat’ and assume responsibility for your crew AND to experience how a larger yacht is “exactly the same but totally different.”

100% hands-on confidence with everything in Competent Crew.
100 NM, 4 night hours, 5 days, Day Skipper Theory knowledge.

6 nights, 7 days.

Discover Port Andratx, Dragonera Island, Port Soller, Palma Bay, Es Trenc, Isla Cabrera, Ibiza.

4 nights aboard 34ft in Club de Vela marina and at anchor.
2 nights aboard 57ft Lady Jomo at anchor

Learn about safety, sail handling, yacht management, navigation, pilotage, helming and living aboard.

RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes

From €1400 per person.

Aprés Sail

4 nights at Club de Vela and at anchor aboard “Southerly Gael.” 2 nights on Lady Jomo including one dinner on board.

Unique to Solaris, this course is designed to give you experience in handling a larger sailing yacht, but not before you’ve mastered the techniques on a smaller boat!
The first 5 days are spent covering the Day Skipper course on a typical 34ft sailing yacht. Preparing the boat for sea, setting and reefing sails, man overboard, close quarters maneuvering and other elements of course content best learned on a smaller vessel.

After you have completed your DS course, you will spend an extra two (or more) days aboard our Swan 57, “Lady Jomo.” Aboard Lady Jomo, you will get a broader perspective, with different systems, reefing, line positions etc  along with a more complete cruising experience – and obviously much more comfort. Are you wondering what sort of yacht you should choose to go long term cruising? What equipment will you need? What can you do without? Lady Jomo is “a lot of boat” for Jo and Monique to handle together. She is also quite “manual,” in terms of modern systems (no bow thruster, roller furling main, etc). So come and live the dream and get your plans into focus!
We head off, up the coast or across to another island, in a true, offshore yacht, with real comfort and effortless speed. We arrive in a new port, or a secluded anchorage, sometimes after dark. You will enjoy convivial dinners around the large cockpit table before heading to bed in an air conditioned cabin. You will learn how to launch, drive and recover a tender, so you can stretch your legs ashore or buy some fresh bread. You can swim, snorkel, do yoga or help out in the galley. Our purpose is to give you a better idea of real cruising and inspire your next sailing adventure.