RYA Competent Crew to Day Skipper Fast Track

For many people the RYA Day Skipper course is probably the most important.  This is the minimum level which most charter companies will accept for you to bare boat charter.

 At Endeavour Sailing we have developed our Day Skipper Fast Track Programme with this in mind and we want you to feel confident in taking a boat out on your own for the first time. 

Our Day Skipper Fast Track programme allows you to progress smoothly and confidently to Day Skipper level. We believe the 4 week programme allows you the best chance to achieve the above goal. 

Some schools offer this in a much shorter programme which often leads to failure and also inexperienced Day Skippers, who do not feel confident with taking the boat out on their own.  This shorter programme is also extremely intense making for a very stressful few weeks. 

Within our programme we also include the VHF Radio Course and give you the completed application form for you to apply for your International Certificate of Competence.  These two qualifications are being asked for more and more now as well for Bareboat Charter.

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Course overview

  • During this course you will learn the techniques to safely navigate a yacht including passage planning and pilotage. 
  • How to leave a berth and return to a berth in different conditions and in different ways including finger pontoons, stern to mooring and bows to mooring.
  • How to anchor, including where to anchor.
  • General Seamanship including routine maintenance such as engine checks, safety equipment on board (use of and maintenance),
  • Safety of your crew on board and their well fare.
  • VHF radio course.
  • Being RYA courses all have a maximum of student to instructor ratio of 5:1


Please find the links to the syllabi for the different courses to give you a thorough understanding of what will be covered during each week of your course.


  • 4 weeks

Previous experience required

  • None

Pre course preparations

The following literature has been designed to help you with some learning of the key words you are going to use and to get you started.

Please download the Competent Crew Pre-Course reading brochure here.

Recommended RYA Books

We strongly recommend you purchase the RYA Day Skipper Handbook for Sail - this covers everything you will learn during your time with us and is an excellent all round book. 

You will also need the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook - this monitors and records what you have achieved.

NB These books are also for sale here in Lanzarote if you wish to purchase them when you arrive.


  • Accommodation on board for the duration of the course & Friday night at the end of the course free of charge and if you need to stay on board on the Saturday night after the course we charge a nominal fee of £15 (be aware though that at weekends we may need access to the boat in the day ).
  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • Bedding (Duvet and 2 pillows)
  • Towels 
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches (including homemade cake!)
  • 1 evening meal per week
  • Use of wet weather gear
  • Use of life jackets and safety lines
  • All mooring fees including water and electricity
  • All training materials and certifications
  • WIFI

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals ashore
  • Transfer from airport


3590€ (per person) 


For the 4 week programme commencing on the:

  • 15th April 2024
  • 20th May 2024
  • 9th September 2024
  • 21st October 2024
  • 25th November 2024

Please note the course starts on the Monday morning but we meet you on the Sunday before at 1830, where you will meet your instructor and your other crew mates over a welcome drink.  The instructor will then take you down to the boat and settle you on board, give you a short safety brief.  Then everyone is then ready to start, bright and breezy on the Monday morning.


  • Week 1 Competent Crew
  • Week 2 Day Skipper Theory
  • Week 3 Close Quarter Boat Handling Skills + VHF Course
  • Week 4 Day Skipper Practical

Additional information and bookings

For more information please feel free to download the brochure here and/or contact Stephanie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Get in touch

Office hours

Mo - Fr 9.30 - 16.30
Sa 10.00 - 14.00

Out of office contact

Mobile 0034 628 478 400


Edifico Antiguo Varadero
Bloque D No 15 - 2nd Planta
35571 Puerto Calero Marina
Lanzarote - Canary Islands

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Email stephanie@endeavour-sailing.co.uk
Phone 0034 928 849 670
Mobile 0034 628 478 400

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