The RYA Day Skipper Shore based course is an elementary course that requires no previous knowledge, but some practical experience is desirable. Attending the RYA Day Skipper shore based course is the first step towards becoming a more confident skipper.

In our modern purpose built classroom you will learn the essentials of chartwork and electronic navigation, safety, pilotage, weather, rules of the road and how to plan your first passage. This course will give you all of the navigation and theoretical knowledge required moving on towards the RYA Day Skipper practical course.

‘I found the RYA Day Skipper Course provided by John Bankart of Sunshine Sailing Australia to be of excellent practical value…John is extremely supportive and positive, adapting his instruction to individual needs and skill levels and has exceptional team building skills.’ Jim McLean.

What will I learn?

  • RYA Coastal navigation and pilotage covering chart work
  • Position fixing, passage planning and tides
  • Navigational charts and publications
  • How to navigate with restricted visibility
  • plus much more

What do I bring?

2B Pencil and note paper, pencil sharpener, pencil compass, dividers, plotter, magnifying glass, parallel rule, rubber 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 4-day theory course, starting at 9:30am on the first day, and continuing the following 3-days. This is not a liveaboard course, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.

Where is this held?

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

Need more info?

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


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