Course Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights (Minimum);  Start Time: 9:30am on the start date

Course Objectives and Outcomes

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. Before commencing this course, we recommend completing our RYA Day Skipper Shorebased theory course to ensure that you have the theoretical foundation required.

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.

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.

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.

By the end of this course, the successful Day Skipper will be able to undertake short coastal passages by day. Successful completion means that you can charter a yacht worldwide with confidence.

What Will I Learn? (Course Syllabus)

What will I learn?

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

Training Vessels

Whether you have a desire to sail a monohull or a catamaran we have you covered. You have the option of deciding to be on either vessel when choosing your training dates.

Cruising Yacht (Beneteau First 44.7)

The Beneteau First 44.7 is the monohull training vessel in our fleet. A modern racing and cruising vessel the Beneteau First 44.7 provides a good balance of comfort and performance.

Cruising Catamaran (Lagoon 380)

The Lagoon 380 is the catamaran training option in our fleet. Boasting 4 double berths down below, and a kitchen up design. If you imagine yourself sailing on a catamaran then choose this vessel to complete training on.

Read more about our training vessels here: Our Fleet (opens in new tab)

How Long Is The Course

This is a 5-day practical course, starting at 9:30am on the first day and continuing the following 4-days. This is a liveaboard course, which includes food and accommodation.

What Do I Bring?

We will be in touch with an easy to follow checklist to ensure you have everything you need on the day, but to give you a bit of an idea bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.

Upon successful completetion of the course, you will recevie the RYA Day Skipper certificate. Please make sure you bring along a passport size photo for your certificate.

What About Meals?

All meals are provided. We will send a request for special dietary needs requests in the lead up to the course. We can easily accommodate for any dietary requirements.

What Qualification Do I Get?

Upon successfully demonstrating your competence at the level of Day Skipper you will be issued with the RYA Day Skipper Certificate, and will also qualify for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).


David and Sarah course completed 31st July 2021

Peter was a great teacher. He is calm, pati ent and has an excellent manner about him that makes it easy to understand and learn sailing. He quizzed us on the syllabus throughout the days he made it fun. We Liked his flashcards :-). We enjoyed the tasks/exercises he got us to do; it cemented what we knew over The five days. We took loads of photos, which I will send through during the week. Thank you for giving us a great experience and our confidence and knowledge has grown so much.

Helen of Mooloolaba course completed 2nd April 2021

Piers was brilliant, confidence building, great teacher and patient, cannot sing his praises enough. I felt totally safe and looked after at all times. Think you have it all covered nicely. Especially lucky to have such a great Capt Piers to teach us and professionally look after us at all times, Helen of Mooloolaba

Darren Papalexion course completed 4th February 2018

I had a fantastic time sailing with Skipper & Instructor Jay who taught me about sail handling on our passages from Mooloolaba to Yeppoon and then on to Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays. Also a shout out to Carl & John who I sailed with during Hamilton Island Race Week. Great Adventures were had by myself and the rest of the crew.