Mediterranean & Gibraltar RYA Day Skipper May Not Be Accepted In UK

Solent Boat Charters has been working with the Solent yacht charter industry for nearly 10 years. We work with many other UK yacht charter companies and the removal of the "tidal/non-tidal" distinction on RYA Day Skipper certificates has caused great concern in the UK yacht charter industry. Many charter companies in the UK therefore will now only charter to skippers who completed their RYA practical courses in UK tidal waters.

Mediterranean, Gibraltar & Other Non-Tidal Areas


The UK generally has large tidal ranges that in turn produce strong tidal currents which creates both navigational and handling issues for yacht skippers. Because of the additional experience needed for these conditions many UK yacht charter companies require that RYA qualifications held by the skipper to have been conducted in similar tidal water. Courses conducted in areas such as Mediterranean & Gibraltar may not be accepted in the UK by yacht charter companies.

UK Tidal RYA Day Skipper Courses Accepted Widely


If you ever intend to charter a yacht in the UK then our advice is to take the RYA Day Skipper Practical course at a UK coastal training centre. Of course we would recommend the Solent area due to it`s 5 metre tidal range compared to Gibraltar's 1m tidal range. 
Solent Boat Charters & other UK yacht charter companies do not accept RYA Day Skipper Practical course certificates conducted outside of UK tidal waters. Our insurers also specify that skippers must have practical tidal experience.

Solent Boat Charter do not accept RYA Day Skipper Practical certificates conducted outside of UK tidal waters.