5-Day Florida Bareboat & RYA Day Skipper

**NEW COURSE** Ft. Lauderdale, FL

RYA Day Skipper & ICC certifications available

A comprehensive near-coastal bareboat course.

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5-Day RYA Day Skipper Overview

Where: Exploring South Florida from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Captain/Instructor: Capt. Mark Thompson

Price: starting at $3,850 per cabin

Certifications Options*: RYA Day Skipper (ICC), ICC Training and Assessment

South Florida is considered one of the best sail training areas in the US, and home of top international super yacht training centers.  Consistent breezes, dolphins off the bow, city lights at night, and anchoring in peaceful, secluded Biscayne Bay. You may even have opportunity to nose out to the Gulf Stream for a bit of near coastal sailing.

pensacola bareboat and rya day skipper training

Training: Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale and throughout South Florida challenges sailors with near coastal sailing offshore while navigating shifting shoals, obstructions, technical inlets, busy shipping fairways, confusing night sailing, and the Gulf Stream - the list goes on.  The nearshore winds are perfect for leisurely sailing while the offshore winds can challenge even salty sailors.

The diversity of training options is unparalleled, which is what students want and need! Gaining experience both "inside" and "outside" prepares a sailor for most challenges on the water.

Vacation: The weather's consistently warm, the water clear blue, and the famous white sand beaches are almost endless.   The coastline varies from pristine, unspoiled and natural beauty to Miami nightlife and heavy traffic. Ideal training grounds with a bit of everything!

The ports include Miami Beach, the northernmost Keys, and you'll anchor in the backyard of the Conch Republic. When not sailing - enjoy the seafood, live music, and unique cuisine along the coast.

Simply, no experience required to have a LOT of fun....


The vessel is a fully equipped Salina 48 Catamaran. The Salina 48 fuses exterior elegance and interior comfort, finished with the unrivalled quality of the Flagship range. With an upwind sail area of 1410 sq ft, CST mainsail and central controls at the helm station, the Salina 48 is extremely easy to sail. The helm station is integrated with the cockpit for comfort and safety.

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Salina 48 to weather Salina 48 Transom Salina 48 interior  

Certification & Prerequisites


  • Bareboat or RYA Day Skipper students: A NauticEd Skipper, ASA/USSA 103, or equivalent experience recommended. Contact us to discuss your qualifications and ways we can tailor the instruction!
  • Spouses/friends are welcomed to join! No experience required, but participants should have both a willingness and capacity to learn sailing and participate in all sailing activities on the yacht.

nauticed bareboat charter master and sailing licenseTraining Included: These voyages include a mix of vacation sailing, Catamaran sailing, technical near coastal, night and short offshore training. Practical training at all levels is included, and this is a great opportunity for all levels of sailors to advance their training, experience and skills.

Certifications: As a top RYA and NauticEd instructor, Capt. Thompson offers multiple levels of certifications and training. These voyages include a mix of vacation sailing and technical near coastal, night and short offshore training. Note: while practical training is included, knowledge materials (i.e., online preparatory courses) are not included in the price.

  • RYA Competent Crew, Day Skipper or RYA Coastal Skipper
  • ICC (International Certificate of Competence) Assessment

Contact us to discuss certification in more detail, including required knowledge materials and pricing.

Meet RYA Instructor Capt. Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, ICC Training, RYA Instructor, Catamaran ExpertMark Thompson
RYA & NauticEd Instructor, ICC Assessor, Catamaran Expert

Mark Thompson with Yachting Education is the Assessor. He is an RYA Sailing Instructor with over 20 years of instruction experience. Mark's one of the best, is very patient and puts student at ease. While the ICC Assessment is pass-fail, Mark creates a positive and low-stress environment for candidates.

As the Principal and Chief Instructor for Yachting Education, Mark Thompson has a significant sailing resume including multiple Atlantic Ocean crossings and experience in Caribbean, Mediterranean, Australian and US waters.+ read more about Capt. Thompson

Mark's career has centered on charter catamarans including a 5 year captaincy aboard the luxury yacht S/Y Lone Star. At 85ft LOA she was at one point the largest charter catamaran in the Caribbean and after crossing the Atlantic, Mark and his crew hosted families on more than 100 weeks of charter.

Mark is a Chief Instructor accredited under NauticEd & RYA programs and has taught hundreds of students in the art of sailing and the nuances of running catamarans. One critical issue he shares is the ability to smoothly and silently communicate and operate theses large powerful vessels.

Mark grew up in Melbourne Australia and joined the maritime industry after a career converting inner city office buildings into trendy apartments. During a year spent traveling the world he discovered a sailing career while driving through Viareggio Italy and thought "you mean I get paid to sail?"

His love of sailing is infectious and his calm, patient demeanor has empowered hundreds of students to consider a bareboat charter and many to purchase their own boat. Whatever your level of expertise, the practical time spent with Mark will be enlightening and your certification will open up a world of sailing opportunities.

Prices & Registration

Prices: All three options are double-occupancy cabins with no additional charge for a second person. Prices are per each leg of the voyage. Upgrade requests are honored on a first come basis....

  • $3,850 standard forward double cabin
  • $4,350 queen aft cabin
- Online Training Materials are not included and additional. The reason is that sailors' experience and training needs are different, and often spouses/friends join to ride along. As such, we'll discuss pre-voyage training materials and the cost, and we'll tailor that training to what you may need.
- For payment, a twenty (20%) per cent deposit is required. The balance is due sixty (60) days before departure, or within seven (7) days from the initial deposit when the departure date is within sixty (60) days. Please see Booking Conditions, Policies & Release for details.
- What's included? Included are all on-board meals, snacks, soft drinks & water, linens, towels, and instructional materials. Students should bring their own foul weather gear, canned alcoholic beverages, a healthy dose of realism and a library of stories and jokes!
- What's not included? transportation, meals ashore, hotels, excursions, alcoholic beverage of your choice, and additional certification training materials. We'll coordinate travel arrangements with all participants.


  1. Select the date and preferred cabin below, and complete the form.
  2. You will not be charged! We'll place a 24-hour hold on the space and follow-up with you on details. Our process begins with answering questions and discussing training, goals and other details related to the voyage and travel - before payment.
  3. You'll be redirected to a Voyage Booking Form. Please complete for each participant.
  4. If Questions - certainly please contact us!

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