Day Skipper Shorebased Theory

A comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology, safety, and seamanship. Invaluable for learning how to start making responsible decisions on board and becoming a confident skipper.

12 February
Mon 12 Feb 2024 - Fri 16 Feb 2024
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $1,395.00 incl. GST
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19 February
Mon 19 Feb 2024 - Fri 23 Feb 2024
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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13 May
Mon 13 May 2024 - Fri 17 May 2024
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their crew and must, therefore understand the essentials of safety and good seamanship afloat. 

The RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course at Flying Fish is designed to complement the on-board training in our Competent Crew, Day Skipper Practical, and Powerboat courses.

The syllabus covers all the theory knowledge required by the recreational skipper

Course content 

  • Nautical terminology
  • Ropes and their properties
  • Anchor types
  • Safety equipment and stowage
  • Fire precautions, harnesses, and lifejackets
  • Distress and rescue procedures
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Charts, publications, the compass
  • Buoyage, pilotage, lights
  • Navigation and tides
  • Meteorology/passage planning
  • Restricted visibility
  • The marine environment

Course details 

The programme includes 40 hours of teaching plus exam time. 

Location and instruction 

The week is run in our comfortable, well-resourced, waterside classroom at Middle Harbour Yacht Club by an experienced and certified RYA shore-based course instructor. 

What's included

  • Tuition, course publications, course pack with practice charts, and certification.
  • Plotter and dividers.


  • RYA  Day Skipper Shorebased Theory certificate

Before you start

  • The course is suitable for beginners. 
  • Recommended for anyone planning to perform the role of skipper on a recreational vessel up to 24 metres in length.  

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