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Old 10-02-2019, 07:49   #1
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Cheapest way to get to day skipper in the UK ?

Hi all

To cut a long story short it has been my dream to get to out on the water for as long as I can remember. Especially more so now to hopefully help me through some health issues I have been having.

I have been saving up but only have enough to pay for a day skipper practical course. I figured out that I can self-study and then sit the practical exam and have made a start on this. However, the problem is that it is a requirement to have completed the competent crew course first.

I don't know anyone who could take me out on the water for a few hours to get some hands-on experience. How have other people got started on a very limited budget?

BTW: I live in the midlands in the UK so live quite far from the sea!

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Old 10-02-2019, 21:29   #2
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Re: Cheapest way to get to day skipper in the UK ?

Look up the RYA website, according to the site. There are no prerequisite courses.
It is recommended you have some expierience.

Shop around. Scratch every sailing school who try to upsell additional courses.

You will get more out of it if you have done the theory course. Or read the books
Also if you have had some time on the water.

If the RYA cant teach you to Skipper a boat in familiar waters in daylight from scratch.
Pick another organization which can.
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Old 10-02-2019, 21:40   #3
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Re: Cheapest way to get to day skipper in the UK ?

I'll ask a follow up.

Is a license required in the Mediterranean? And if so, where would be the cheapest place to acquire the required credential?
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Old 10-02-2019, 21:50   #4
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Re: Cheapest way to get to day skipper in the UK ?

I depends where you go. Some countries and charter companies apparently do.
If you join the RYA they will give you the ICC for no extra charge after the Dayskipper.
The ICC is a Europe thing. It’s a UN resolution and an official government issued and recognized lisence or certificate for pleasure craft. Lots of discussion about where it’s required or not.
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