Day Skipper Shorebased Theory

The RYA Day Skipper Shore-based Theory week at Flying Fish is a comprehensive introduction to chart work, navigation, meteorology, collision regulations and the basics of seamanship.
14 February
Mon 14 Feb 2022 - Fri 18 Feb 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,295.00 incl. GST
9 May
Mon 09 May 2022 - Fri 13 May 2022
5 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $1,295.00 incl. GST

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RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory is a valuable week in the classroom 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 Day 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
  • Navigation basics
  • Charts and publications
  • The compass
  • Tide
  • Lights
  • Meteorology
  • Passage planning
  • Restricted visibility
  • Pilotage
  • Buoys
  • 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 waterside classroom at Middle Harbour Yacht Club by an experienced and certified RYA Shorebased course instructor. 

What's included

  • Tuition, course publications, course pack and certification.
  • Plotter and dividers are provided for loan or can be purchased in our shop


  • 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 yacht up to 24 metres in length. 

What next?

Go on to join a Day Skipper Practical course.

If you are interested in working as professional skipper or crew, view our Yachtmaster programmes