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RYA Day Skipper course

Skipper a yacht! Intermediate

Are you considering upgrading your sailing skills and taking friends and family on a cruise? The RYA Day Skipper course is an excellent choice for you. You’ll spend five days on board a yacht โ€“ often in a role of a skipper โ€“ and visit stunning places of the Adriatic. With the RYA Day Skipper certificate, you can charter a yacht worldwide.

Duration: 5 days (Sunday to Thursday)Availability: March to NovemberAge: Min 16 (16 - 18 only accompanied by parent/guardian at all times)Language: EnglishStudent - Instructor ratio: 5 โ€“ 1Daily schedule: 9 โ€“ 17 h (with some night cruising)

RYA Day Skipper – Course description

We promise to expertly guide you through your first โ€“ and hardest โ€“ skippering steps on the RYA Day Skipper course. So you get the skills and confidence to take a yacht on your own after it. Indeed, what can be better than taking your friends and family on a nice cruise? And enjoy your sailing holiday safely, with you in charge.

This course is a perfect fit for sailors who want to move forward from being active crew members and learn how to manage the yacht and the crew. You would need Competent Crew sailing skills and theoretical knowledge of the Day Skipper Theory to be able to join and follow the course. You also need to be willing and open to learning and enjoying your first skippering steps because you’ll often be in a role of a skipper during the course.

Our experienced and patient RYA instructors โ€“ who firmly believe that anybody can learn how to skipper โ€“ will help you achieve your goal of becoming one. They have thousands of miles under their belt and helped hundreds of Day Skipper candidates achieve their goals.

You’ll spend five days living on board a brand new, perfectly clean, heated, spacious and fast sailing yacht fully equipped for comfortable cruising. We’ll also anchor in stunning bays perfect for swimming in crystal clear azure โ€“ hazards free โ€“ Adriatic sea. During the RYA Day Skipper course, we’ll visit picturesque islands and cosy Dalmatian villages with great local food and culture.

With the RYA Day Skipper certificate, you can charter a yacht worldwide. You’ll also need an RYA VHF โ€“ SRC Marine Radio certificate to charter a yacht in Croatia and elsewhere.

We sometimes combine students on a Competent Crew and a Day Skipper course. With that, you’ll be able to train how to manage the inexperienced crew!

Single-use of cabin available

What will you learn:

  • Preparation of the yacht and crew for sea
  • Safety briefing
  • Yacht handling under power and sail – docking, anchoring, buoy catching, springing off and on
  • Navigation and passage planning – position fixing, heading, bearing
  • Chart plotters (GPS)
  • Piloting in and out of harbours and channels
  • Meteorology – interpreting weather forecasts
  • Rules of avoiding collision
  • Engine check
  • Victualling
  • Emergency situations – person overboard
  • Night cruising

Ability after the course:

To confidently and safely skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day and in good weather conditions. To take care of crew and yacht safety, navigation, docking and anchoring, weather, collision regulations and emergency situations


  • RYA Day Skipper (for successful students)
  • At least 100 Nautical miles and 4 hours of night navigation in the RYA logbook


Jezera and surrounding islands, bays and villages

Although we’re trying to show you the most of our sailing area during the course, safety is crucial in the RYA courses. The exact route of the course will depend primarily on the instructor’s judgement of the weather conditions and the crew’s ability 


  • Brand new and perfectly clean, heated, spacious and fast sailing yacht, fully equipped for a comfortable cruising
  • Accommodation on board (shared cabins) โ€“ single-use of cabin available
  • Free unlimited wi-fi on board
  • RYA Instructor
  • RYA course materials and handbooks
  • RYA certificates, after successful completion of the course
  • RYA log books with mileage signed in
  • Use of self-inflatable automatic life jacket
  • Docking fees in the base marina - ACI marina Jezera
  • Fuel
  • Cooking gas
  • Bed sheets, covers, duvets, pillows, pillowcases, towels (beach towels included)
  • Cleaning utensils, kitchen towels, bathroom soap, mosquito repellent
  • Plates, glasses, cups, cutlery
  • Coffee, tea
  • Final cleaning
  • Tourist tax
  • VAT

Not included:

  • Flights and travel costs
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Docking/buoy fees in other marinas/bays
  • Food & drinks โ€“ for the crew and the instructor


  • Pre-course experience: Sailing experience and knowledge to Competent Crew course level - at least five days, 100 miles and four night hours onboard a sailing yacht
  • Assumed knowledge: Theoretical knowledge to Day Skipper Theory course level

DEHLER 38 SQ - Blue Eye

Speed meets quality and comfort

Dehler 38 SQ is the newest model from a famous German shipyard Dehler, traditionally known for their quality built yachts. A "true performance cruiser", says the renowned Sail magazine. That means the boat is fast but has everything needed for comfortable cruising. Another review says Dehler did a great job with this model while "keeping the boat as simple to use and fun".

We needed only one short sail with our Blue Eye to confirm that all these reviews were accurate. And we're sure you'll quickly realise why she's a perfect yacht for learning sailing. She has performance Quantum sails and a sleek, sharp, sporty line, so she sails well even on light wind.

Two very responsive carbon wheels enhance the manoeuvrability and provide a good feel of the boat's movement, even more so because they control only one deep rudder. The stern is spacious and broad, so there's enough room for a swimming platform with an integrated ladder.

The cockpit is spacious, with a fixed foldable table that enables the crew to enjoy their meals and drinks on the deck under the shade of a large bimini top. It also provides enough room for active sailing, and three winches on each side - a rarity in the class - prove the yacht is made to perform. Teak wood covers the cockpit deck, and the rest has a non-skid finish.

BLUE EYE is our training yacht registered for the RYA courses, so you can be sure she has everything needed for safe sailing. Also, a radar and an active radar reflector โ€“ which makes the yacht more visible to big ships - enhance her safety. She has the latest B&G chart plotter and instruments.

She has 38 feet, around 11,4 meters. The interior has three roomy double cabins, a cosy saloon, a foldable dining table, a chart table, and a fully equipped kitchen with a sink, stove and a large fridge. There's also a bathroom with a toilet and a shower, and all wastewater goes to a holding tank. Large windows in the saloon and cabins allow natural light below the deck. The shipyard used only fine woods - teak, mahogany and oak - for the furniture, which matched perfectly with the bright upholstery.

Additionally, BLUE EYE has a hot air heating system installed to keep the crew comfortably warm after sailing in spring and autumn. She also has substantial autonomy with a freshwater tank of 295 litres, a fuel tank of 160 litres, and service batteries of 160 Ah, so she stays comfortable even on a more extended cruise.

Yvan Bodart

Yvan comes from Belgium and started sailing in 2014. He loved it so much, that he knew it would change his life. Until recently, Yvan had a job as a consultant for wide format printers for a well know company, covering Belgium and Luxemburg. After Covid, the traffic jams in Belgium seemed to get worse than before. Once, being stuck in such a traffic jam in the neighbourhood of Brussels, he said to himself that doing the same distance while sailing, would even be faster. That made him decide that it was time for a 180ยฐ change in his life. Since then he became a cruising instructor and is eager to teach people the joy of sailing here in Croatia during summer and in the Canary Islands during winter season.

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