RYA Day Skipper

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Day Skipper course is the gateway to mastering the art of sailing and becoming a confident and capable skipper. This course is designed for aspiring sailors who wish to elevate their expertise in yacht handling, navigation, and overall seamanship.  Get ready to set sail on a transformative journey towards becoming a skilled and certified Day Skipper.


Did you know you can get your ICC with a Day Skipper certification?  Ask us how.


By the end of this course, the successful Day Skipper will feel confident to undertake shorter passages over a 24-hour period in familiar waterss. Successful completion means that you can charter a yacht worldwide with confidence.

The RYA Day Skipper and Bare Boat practical course is designed to teach you essential practical skippering and sailing techniques. Completion of this course gives you an internationally recognized qualification for bare boat chartering.

In this course, you will navigate and take control of a yacht on a short passage under the guidance of a highly qualified instructor to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant, steps as a skipper are taken in safety.

As a skipper you must be completely responsible for the management of a yacht. Thus, the syllabus of this course also includes chartwork, electronic navigation, meteorology, basic engine checks, passage planning, preparing the yacht for sea, and rules of the road. In addition, night sailing is undertaken to give you a taste of pilotage in the dark.

Course Duration


Start and Finish Times

Start at 9:00 am on the first day, and finish by 4:30pm on the last day of the course.

Minimum Age

16 years

Course Format

On the water, on either a yacht or catamaran.


A basic ability in practical sailing. A minimum of 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours onboard a sailing yacht. Navigation and theory to the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased level.


Whilst at sea, your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations. You will also be given opportunities to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations.

  • Preparation for Sea
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Maintenance
  • Engine
  • Radio Operation
  • Victualling
  • Handling Under Motor and Power
  • plus much more

Here’s a summary of what you will learn:

Living onboard throughout the course, each night is spent in a new place, allowing you to experience the delights of a real cruise. You will visit many of the quiet bays, anchorages and yacht harbour’s of Moreton Bay, Southeast corner of Queensland or the Whitsundays (depending on chosen course) and in the evenings there is time to relax and reflect on the events of the day.


Accommodation: HAVE YOUR OWN SPACE AS STANDARD OPTION! We are the only company in Queensland providing your own space to sleep as standard.  You do not have to pay extra for the no “no snuggling with strangers option”. No more cramming into the berth with a stranger, you will have your own space to sleep.  Examples of your own space would be single bunks, or on the saloon bed.

DO YOU WANT YOUR OWN CABIN?  We have that as an option as well.  If you want to save some money, share a private cabin with a partner or friend.

Food and Dietary

Food is included in the price of the course, aside from one evening meal ashore at a local yacht club or restaurant. We will accommodate your dietary preferences including gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, lactose free, etc. You will receive a link to nominate your dietary preferences shortly after booking in for the course.