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.

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

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 typically start from Mooloolaba, Queensland. However, courses with a start date in August and September sometimes start at Hamilton Island. Take note of the start location listed next to the available course dates.

Need more info?

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


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