The RYA Day Skipper and Bare Boat practical course you teach the essential  practical skippering and sailing techniques and is also internationally recognized as a level of requirement for bare boat chartering.  Completion of a RYA Day Skipper Shorebased theory course beforehand will greatly enhance the value of this practical course.

Each person is given the opportunity to navigate and take control of the yacht on short passage. Your instructor is there to ensure that your first, perhaps hesitant steps as skipper are taken in safety.

Whilst living aboard throughout the course, you will be given the opportunity to practice your boat handling in a variety of mooring situations, and whilst at sea your instructor will cover subjects such as watch keeping, deck work, sail trim and how to cope in emergency situations.

A skipper is totally responsible for the management of a yacht, so the 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 of this course means that you can charter a yacht worldwide with confidence.

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


What experience do I need?

RYA Competent Crew or 5 Days sailing, 100 miles, 4 night hours plus knowledge up to Day Skipper shore based standard.

What will I learn?

  • Preparation for Sea
  • Navigation
  • Pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Maintenance
  • Engine
  • Radio Operation
  • Victualling

What do I bring?

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.

What about meals?

All meals are provided. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to indicate this in advance when you register for the course and we do our best to accommodate.

The RYA Day Skipper certificate presented upon successful completion of your course. Please make sure you bring along a passport size photo for the certificate.

How long is this 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.

Where is this held?

Courses start from Mooloolaba, Queensland. Courses with a start date in August and September start at Hamilton Island.

Need more info?

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