5-Day Day Skipper 

5 days out on the water

Meet new freinds

Get qualifications that will serve you well in the marine industry

Ability to charter a boat (Day Skipper) or work on a boat (Competent Crew)

Refreshed rejuvenated and ready to take on anything


Are you an aspiring skipper that needs to get your credentials in place?
We are running  a 5-Day Day Skipper course onboard the Brian Boru! The RYA and IS accredited course Practical Day Skipper, provided by Sail Cork, and delivered onboard the Brian Boru. 
You will sail mainly in Dublin Bay, departing from Dun Laoghaire Marina each day. Dublin Bay is a great place to learn to sail and get qualified. There are numerous harbours, bays, marinas and anchorages making it ideal to practice a whole range of boating skills & because of the large volume of boats & busy shipping activity, it is always fun and interesting!! During the course you can expect to be manoeuvring the boat under engine on and off pontoons. You can also expect to have a go at planning and conducting a short passage, and before you know it you’ll be the one calling the shots . Each day of the Day Skipper Practical course is packed with activity.

This is very much a hands-on course with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects. It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Day Skipper shorebased course prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water.

If you need a Day Skipper certificate in order to work on board a commercial craft, you will need to get it commercially endorsed. You can then work on commercial vessels up to 24m in length, operating in category 5 and 6 waters - that is up to 20 miles from a nominated departure point in fine weather and daylight.

Please note: If you will be working in category 5 waters, you will need to hold both the shorebased and practical Day Skipper certificates, and get them commercially endorsed.


Day Skipper course summary (sail)

Pre-course experiencedays, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board our beautiful boat
Assumed KnowledgeBasic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended that you have acquired the Day Skipper shorebased course before taking this practical course
Ability after coursePilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation, Can skipper a small yacht in familiar waters by day
Minimum durationdays 
When you learn with Dublin Under Sail you’ll have a friendly instructor who’s keen to teach you everything you want to know. We have a ratio of 5:1  students to instructors, meaning you will; get lots of individual attention. You will meet like-minded people and finish the course feeling happy and pleasantly tired!
This is a non residential course, so you can expect to finish up by 5/5.30pm each day, except the day we do an evening sail.
The Day Skipper Practical qualification can be used to obtain an International
Certificate of Competence (ICC) by sending the certificate to the RYA with an application form.

Minimum Pre Course Experience: None required.

Ability after the Course: You will be a useful crew member!

Course Content: Basic seamanship and helmsmanship.

The course is best taken over 5  days

We can also run different courses at the same time, on the same boat. So if a friend, family member or partner would like to complete another course, such as the Day Skipper they can do so at the same time as yourself.


Dun Laoghaire Marina - Harbour Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

To be confirmed based on wind tide and weather conditions.

Sample Itinerary coming soon

Dun Laoghaire Marina

Dun Laoghaire Marina

Space is tight, so bring as little with you as you can get away with.  Bring only soft bags (no wheeled bags, frame rucksacks or suitcases).

  • Towel – big enough to use after a shower or swim
  • Warm clothes. Synthetic (sports) clothes are best.  Try to avoid cotton, especially jeans as they are too difficult to dry.
  • Warm, waterproof, windproof jacket.
  • Fleeces or wool jumpers (avoid cotton). It is always a bit colder at sea than on land
  • T-shirts – long sleeve and short sleeve
  • Shoes with good grip that are either waterproof or dry quickly.
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves – sailing gloves, gardening gloves or work gloves for handling traditional ropework.
  • Swimsuit – we generally get to swim off the boat at least once during the voyage.
  • Sun protection and lip balm (use a high SPF, as the reflection off the sea makes the sun stronger)
  • Small bag or soft back pack for going ashore, especially for carrying towel and change of clothes when using shore based showers.
  • Medication with full instructions for use
  • Camera (but not an expensive one – salt water and expensive cameras don’t mix)
  • Phone
  • A reusable drinking water bottle You can refill using the water supply on board Brian Ború
  • Notebook and pen 
  • Optional: Musical instrument, suitable for use on a boat
    • Plug in electrical items – there’s nowhere to plug them in!
    • Games consoles, DVD players etc
    • Expensive cameras
    • Spray deodorants
    • Large amount of sweets, crisps etc.
    • Energy drinks
    • Single use plastic bottles or cans

Full time Instructor, in a maximum ratio of one instrcutor to 5 students


Meals on board

The certification itself

Meals and drinks consumed ashore

Dun laogahire Marina. Check in times must be strictly adhered to

Call us on 085 866 7787 if you have any further questions. 

All trainess subject to current Covid regulations - proof af vaccination / negative Covid test may apply.

Seven days notice in writing from our customers. Please note that based on weather conditions, the skipper reserves the right to cancel at short notice if he/she condiers it dangerous to take passengers out.

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