Club Skipper

If you are enjoying your sailing and learning and have succeeded in achieving the Dayskipper Certificate you might like to consider becoming a Club Skipper. See Sailing Orders (link) for the full details.


Club Dayskipper: able to skipper within the Solent.

Club Dayskipper Plus which enables Dayskippers to go to additional harbours outside the Solent. Provided they have been to the harbour once first with an experienced, supervising skipper.

  • Chichester
  • Langston
  • Bembridge
  • Poole

Club Coastal Skipper – based on the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certicate of Competence. The Yachtmaster Coastal has the skills and knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises no more the 60 nautical miles from safe haven, in favourable conditions.

Club Offshore Skipper – based on the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. The Yachtmaster Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 nautical miles from safe haven.

Most Club Skippers will start by qualifying as Club Dayskippers through the practical Skipper Check and will progress through the levels as they gain experience and higher RYA qualifications.

Only one practical Skipper Assessment will be required. Those joining SOYC with RYA YM Coastal or Offshore qualifications may, after a practical Skipper Check, operate at the higher level.

Skipper Qualification Requirements

Endorsement of 2 club skippers Yes Yes Yes Yes
RYA Day Skipper Shore based Completion Certificate Yes Yes    
RYA CS/YM Shore based Completion Certificate Optional Optional Yes Yes
RYA Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper Practical Completion Certificate Yes Yes    
RYA/MCA Coastal Skipper Certificate(not an RYA practical course completion certificate. This means passing a practical examination with an RYA examiner).     Yes  
RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate       Yes
Maritime Radio Operator Certificate of Competence - Short Range Certificate Yes Yes Yes Yes
Valid First Aid Certificate (in preceding 3 years) – see Note Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minimum Logged Seatime 400nm 400nm 800nm 2500nm
Days on Board / Days on Club Boats / Days as Skipper on Club Boat 12 / 8 /0 12 / 8 /6 30 / 5 / 0 50 / 5 / 0
Night Hours 4 4 12 12
Passages 0 See Sailing Orders 2 x 40+nm  
IYS (See note below)   Yes Yes Yes
Sea Survival Course Completion Certificate       Yes
Radar qualification (see note below) Yes Yes Yes Yes