The RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster shore based course is an advanced navigation course for those who wish to take the RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence either Coastal or Offshore. We assume that you are already qualified as an RYA Day Skipper (or equivalent). There is some time set aside for revision of subjects covered in the Day Skipper course though you should arrive with a good understanding of the essentials.

On this course you will cover more complex aspects of advanced navigation techniques including secondary port tidal calculations, computation rates, position fixing, navigation in restricted visibility, time zones, passage planning and the capabilities and limitations of electronic navigation.

‘I cannot speak highly enough of my RYA skippers course at the Sunshine Sailing Australia. I loved it and I learnt so much from it. As a sailor as a youth, some 35 years ago, I had much to learn and I learnt allot. I can highly recommend John Bankart and his instructors, they are great, great people, great skills, great course.’ David Wood, Sherwood, Brisbane

What previous experience do I need?

This course assumes that you are a qualified RYA Day Skipper or have equivalent experience.

What will I learn?

  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Basic sailing theory, nautical terms
  • Emergencies, safety equipment, towing
  • Tides, currents, rope work, anchor work
  • Meteorology

What do I bring?

2B Pencil and note paper, pencil sharpener, pencil compass, dividers, plotter, parallel rule, rubber, magnifying glass and calculator. Recommended reading is RYA Navigation handbook and Weather handbook. This complete package can be purchased from us at a cost of $295.

Where are we?

Course starts 0930. Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking. Click HERE to see a map. Course location will be advised for individual courses.

How long is this course?

This is a 5-day theory course, starting at 9:30am on the first day, and continuing the following 4-days. This is not a liveaboard course, you will need to arrange your own accommodation. After the course you will need to attend an assessment day to take the exam to be signed off for you theory certificate.

Where is this held?

Courses are held in our training rooms in Mooloolaba, Queensland.

What are Study blocks?

We offer our shore based courses within a ‘study block’. Study blocks are several days. This is to give students the maximum flexibility to you in how to take the course.

Within a Study block you choose one of:

  1. Forty hours in the classroom.(5 days/40 hours) plus 1 day for the examination.
  2. Forty hours in the classroom combined with the practical course. The full value of the shorebase scheme is only realised by applying the skills and knowledge learnt in a classroom to practical situations onboard a yacht.

Need more info?

Email us at, or call on (07) 5478 2299. We are more than happy to help!


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