If you’re looking for a great value price on the RYA Day Skipper courses, look no further than First Class Sailing. Below you can explore our current Day Skipper course prices, with links to book your slot.
RYA Day Skipper Practical price
Depending on the time of year and how many other students are on the yacht, our Day Skipper course cost starts from £947 per person. You could book the whole boat out with one instructor and five students, and this can cost £3,100 at some points in the year.
To see current availability and up to date prices, please view our Day Skipper course page and click the “check dates and availability” button. The course sails from Southampton.
RYA Day Skipper Theory price
If it’s the Day Skipper Theory price you need, it costs from £360 to £380. The theory course takes place at our HQ at Shamrock Quay in Southampton or at a number of locations in London including the Cruising Association in Limehouse, but can also be completed online, details further down the page.
To see current availability and up to date prices, please view our Day Skipper theory course page and click the “check dates and availability” button.
RYA Day Skipper Online Theory price
You can also complete the RYA Day Skipper Online Theory course, with prices currently set £265. You can complete it online and in your own time. Alternatively, you can join in live and online Zoom lessons, costing £360 for the set of lessons.
To book online and see up to date prices, please view our Day Skipper online theory course page.
Why book with First Class Sailing
Whilst you might find the costs of the RYA Day Skipper courses can vary from school to school, it’s important to remember the value of quality of the teaching, the experience on the water, a national reputation, and positive customer reviews – all of which we have in abundance at First Class Sailing. Not only will you learn valuable skills that will stay with you for life, but on our practical courses you’ll also explore the beautiful coastline around the Solent during your lessons.
A guide to our Day Skipper course prices
When it comes to booking your RYA Day Skipper course it should never just be about price. This section below aims to give you an idea of how and why our prices vary and why other companies might charge more or even less.
The price depends on two factors.
1. What days of the week the course runs on
Our RYA Day Skipper Practical course runs over 5 days. The cost will vary depending on whether a course is run over 5 consecutive days, whether a weekend makes up part of these five consecutive days, or whether the course is held over 2 weekends (a short and a long).
Generally, courses that run over weekdays only i.e. a Monday to Friday, are priced lower than those that include a weekend and those that include 2 weekends are priced higher than those that include just 1 weekend (i.e. a Wednesday to Sunday).
2. The ratio of students to instructor
We offer Day Skipper courses with ratios of 3 students to 1 instructor, 4 students to 1 instructor, and 5 students to 1 instructor. The lower the student to instructor ratio the higher the price.
Why are some companies’ Day Skipper prices cheaper than First Class Sailing?
You will find some companies’ costs are less than ours.
Some companies will be considerably cheaper, and they will likely be a ‘one man/woman, one boat band’. The instructor that takes your 5 day course is also the person that takes your booking, maintains the boat, orders the food, looks after their own website etc. It is a challenging role, and we have a lot of respect for these operations. Because they have very low overheads, they can keep their prices down.
At First Class Sailing we have a team in the office focused on answering any questions you might have, making sure we are using top rate well paid instructors, ensuring our boats are kept clean and well maintained and making sure that we live up to our Triple S Guarantee.
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