Duration:  9 days

The Day Skipper all-in-one course is a challenging, intensive course. But it is one of the best ways to learn. The Day Skipper Theory Course is covered first in the classroom across four days. Here you will learn about weather forecasting, safety, tidal heights and navigation. You then get straight on the water and go and put everything you have learned into practice, along with learning new skills, such as picking up a man overboard, and manoeuvring in a limited space. This intensive course is hard work, but what you will learn makes it extremely worth your time.

We proposed to run two theory Day Skipper courses very soon.

The first course (theory) will be ran over two weekends, those being the weekend of April 20th and the weekend of April 27th. For the theory side, we can cater for up to 10 persons, so it will be a case of the first come, first served. On a practical course, we can cater for only 5, so please bear this in mind. We are happy to run two practical courses, if the demand is there.

The second course (theory) will be ran over 4 weeks, commencing on Monday, April 16th for two nights that week and the following week along with three nights over the next two weeks, thus giving us a total of 10 nights of 4 hours per night. Course commences at 18:30 until 22:30. The relevant dates are:

  • Monday, April 16th
  • Wednesday, April 18th
  • Monday, April 23rd
  • Wednesday, April 25th
  • Monday, April 30th
  • Wednesday, May 2nd
  • Friday, May 4th
  • Monday, May 7th (Bank Holiday – if not suitable for all, we would consider a change)
  • Wednesday, May 9th
  • Friday, May 11th

If one cannot make one of these dates, we will accommodate an extra 4 hours at a mutually convenient time. We can, however, only accommodate for one extra session per person.

This would cover the theory element and if one then wants to progress on to the practical element, we would run the practical course as soon as practical for the first 5 persons thereafter. This would give everyone a great kick start to the season, as most boats in Tralee Bay only get going in May or June anyhow and the weather might be more conducive to going offshore!

The cost of the courses for TBSC members are:

Competent Crew:                                                 €695 per person.

Day Skipper – practical:                                       €695 per person

Day Skipper – theory:                                           €695 per person

Day Skipper – combined practical after theory:  €1095 per person (9 days)

Coastal Skipper:                                                    €790 per person

And, finally, the third course would be a practical course to enable participants of the above courses complete their Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper Courses. This would be immediately after the above dates. Limited to 5 persons per course.

Successful completion of this course involves the award of the RYA/ISA Day Skipper certificate. We normally issue the ISA Day Skipper Cert to Irish residents and the RYA Cert to UK and European residents as this is the easiest for the processing of an ICC (International Cruising Certificate) certificate. You can then charter a yacht worldwide by submitting the certificate to obtain the ICC (international cruising certificate). The ICC is a passport like document which is issued by a state authority. To get this document you must submit your Day Skipper certificate along with a passport photograph and a registration fee.

What is included in the practical courses:  Tuition, accommodation onboard, food, fuel, marina fees and use of our lifejackets and all appropriate safety equipment.

What is not included:  Sleeping Bag, Footwear, Towel, Personal Toiletries, Changes of Clothes, and Pocket Money for a beer or a soft drink.


If you’d like to participate in any of the courses listed, please leave your contact details below and we will contact you to arrange the dates & details.