Course Objectives and Outcomes

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.

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 Qualifications Do I Get?

The RYA Day Skipper Theory certificate will be issued after satisfactory completion of the course assessment, indicating that you have the level of knowledge of Day Skipper theory.

How Long Is The 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?

There are two options for taking this course:

  1. Classroom: 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
  2. Online: We provide you with a login to an interactive site and send you the course materials.

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.

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.

What Should I Do Prior To This Course?

Although there are no pre-requisites for this course we do recommend undertaking the Online Essential Navigation course and the RYA Competent Crew course if you have not spent any time on sail or power vessels before. This ensure that you can get the most out of your RYA Day Skipper Theory program.

What To Do Next?

To keep growing your sailing skills we recommend the RYA Day Skipper – Practical as your next port of call.

RYA Day Skipper – Practical

A course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills. Learn to skipper a short passage with the instructor on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety. Experience being in charge, taking credit when it all goes well and being responsible when it doesn't.

Reviews

Jim McLean course completed 1st May 2019

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.