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RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes

RYA Navigation Handbook 2nd Edition

RYA Day Skipper Handbook Motor


Day Skipper

The Motor Day Skipper RYA course in Ibiza is a specialized training program designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely operate and skipper a motor yacht during daylight hours in coastal waters.


The course is specifically tailored for those who prefer motor yachts over sailing yachts and want to develop their skills in handling and navigating motor-powered vessels. Ibiza, with its stunning coastlines and diverse cruising opportunities, provides an ideal location to learn and practice motor yacht skills.

The theoretical component of the course covers a range of topics essential for motor yacht navigation and safety. Students will learn about navigation techniques, chart work, passage planning, pilotage, meteorology, rules of the road, and safety procedures specific to motor yachts. They will gain knowledge in interpreting charts, plotting courses, calculating tidal heights and streams, understanding weather patterns, and ensuring the safety of the vessel and crew.

The practical component of the course focuses on developing motor yacht handling skills and seamanship. Students will gain hands-on experience in boat handling, close-quarters maneuvering, berthing, anchoring, and operating in different sea and weather conditions. Emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in handling the controls, maintaining proper trim, and executing smooth and precise maneuvers.

The training is conducted both onshore and afloat, with a combination of classroom sessions, simulator exercises, and on-the-water training. Ibiza's beautiful coastline and calm waters provide an excellent environment for practicing and refining motor yacht skills.

Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to practice their skills in real-life scenarios, such as navigation exercises, passage planning, and coastal cruising. This practical application allows students to develop their decision-making abilities, gain experience in different motor boating conditions, and learn to adapt to various situations that may arise while skippering a motor yacht.

At the end of the course, students will undergo an assessment to demonstrate their proficiency in both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Successful completion of the assessment will result in the award of the RYA Motor Day Skipper certificate, which is recognized worldwide and serves as a valuable credential for those looking to operate and charter motor yachts.

The RYA Motor Day Skipper course in Ibiza offers a comprehensive and specialized training program for individuals seeking to develop their skills in motor yacht handling and navigation. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced motor boater, this course will equip you with the competence and confidence to safely skipper a motor yacht in coastal waters. With Ibiza's picturesque coastlines and favorable boating conditions, it provides an ideal setting to learn and practice motor boating skills while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.



Boat Preparation

Learn how to thoroughly prepare your vessel for a sea journey, including conducting pre-departure checks, ensuring safety equipment is ready, and verifying weather forecasts.

Boat Handling

 Gain practical skills in handling lines, fenders, and sails, ensuring efficient and safe operations on deck.


Understand the basics of maritime navigation, including chart reading, plotting courses, and using GPS and other navigational aids to ensure safe travel.


Learn the techniques for navigating in coastal waters and harbors, using visual references and pilotage charts for precise maneuvering.


Study weather patterns, forecasts, and how to interpret meteorological data to make informed decisions while at sea.

Rules of the Road

Familiarize yourself with the international regulations for preventing collisions at sea, including right-of-way rules and proper signaling.

Maintenance and Repair Work

Gain knowledge on routine maintenance tasks and basic repair techniques to keep your vessel in good working condition.


Understand the operation and maintenance of marine engines, including troubleshooting common issues and performing regular checks.


Learn how to provision your boat for a voyage, including selecting and storing food, managing water supplies, and ensuring nutritional needs are met.

Emergency Situations

Prepare for potential emergencies by learning the procedures for dealing with situations like fire, flooding, medical issues, and abandoning ship.

Yacht Handling Under Power

Develop the skills needed to maneuver a yacht using its engine, including docking, anchoring, and handling in tight spaces.

Passage Making

Understand the planning and execution of longer sea passages, including route planning, watchkeeping, and managing the crew.

Night Cruising

Learn the techniques for safe navigation and boat handling during nighttime, including the use of lights, night vision, and radar.


Master the art of steering the boat, maintaining course, and making precise maneuvers under various conditions.

General Duties

Gain an understanding of the daily tasks and responsibilities on board, including managing the crew, maintaining cleanliness, and ensuring the overall well-being of the vessel and its occupants.


Duration & Experience Required

This is an exhilarating course, spanning 5 enriching days of practical, hands-on training aboard our modern motor yachts. 

This course not only enhances your skippering skills but also fosters camaraderie among fellow crew members.

Experience required:

To enroll in the RYA Day Skipper Motor Course, participants should have:

  • Completed the RYA Day Skipper Theory Course or have independently studied the theory and can confidently demonstrate their knowledge.

*Participants should be in good physical condition, as sailing can be physically demanding.

What should you bring

Even in Ibiza, there can be sudden shifts in weather when you are sailing in the open sea. You should come prepared with a variety of clothing options and plenty of sun protection. You should bring along the recommended list of items found on the Following page.

What's included

  • Marina fees.

  • Insurance coverage while a board.

  • All mooring and fuel costs during the course.

  • Food.

Please Note: The course fee does not cover accommodation ashore, travel insurance, or personal expenses incurred during the trip.


RYA Helmsman Course

The RYA Helmsman Course is specifically designed for individuals seeking to enhance their boat handling skills and gain a solid foundation in seamanship. This course is ideal for those who want to take on more responsibility on board, whether you are a beginner looking to build confidence or an experienced crew member aiming to refine your skills. 

Coastal Skipper

The Motor Coastal Skipper RYA course is tailored for proficient motorboat enthusiasts seeking to elevate their skills in handling motor yachts along coastal waters. This course is meticulously crafted to empower participants with advanced navigation techniques, refined boat-handling abilities, and the strategic prowess required to navigate coastal waters competently.


Join now and get your RYA boat license in Ibiza

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