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Day Skipper

Get the skills and knowledge you need to take charge of a small yacht, in familiar waters, by day.

The RYA Day Skipper certificate is the first ‘skipper level’ qualification in the RYA training scheme. It is akin to getting your Private Pilots Licence for flying.

The Day Skipper Practical course follows the RYA Competent Crew course and will teach you the essential practical skills of the skipper. You can complete the course over five days or three weekends. 

Day Skipper Shorebased Theory provides the underpinning knowledge required at this level. If you’re short on time though, the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship online course will give you the essentials. Marine First Aid and Marine Radio Operator are also important certifications for Day Skippers. 

If you’re ready for some time off and want to progress quickly check out our Day Skipper Fast Track course.  

Choose a course


Day Skipper Practical - 5 days

This is a comprehensive skills development course leading to the RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate. RYA Day Skipper certificate holders are entitled to an International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft (ICC) which is generally required for a yacht charter in Europe.

5 days



Day Skipper Practical Weekend

Book these two days as a 'stand alone' to brush up your skills or as your first weekend of three if you want the RYA qualification.

2 days



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.

5 days



Day Skipper Fast-track

From beginner to RYA qualified Day Skipper in just four weeks! Gain a package of internationally recognized qualifications and enjoy an inspiring training adventure on Sydney Harbour.

4 weeks



International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

As a skipper, you must make yourself aware of any qualifications required when visiting another country. In the countries of Europe the ICC will usually prove evidence of competence to the local authority or a charter company.

1 day

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ACMA Marine Radio License (VHF, HF, GMDSS)

This one-day Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved course teaches you to use VHF (Short Range) as well as MF and HF (Long Range) radio for distress, urgency, safety, and general calls. The course includes GMDSS and DSC

1 day



Marine First Aid

This course has been specifically designed for those working in the marine environment and is ideal for boat owners, watersports instructors, yacht skippers and crew. The course leads to an internationally recognised first aid qualification.

1 day



Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Online

This self paced online course provides a beginner's introduction to the navigation theory and safety knowledge required to go boating safely at sea.

self paced


  • Try Yachting

    3 hours
    Experience the magic of sailing on Sydney Harbour on one of our comfortable yachts. This short lesson introduces you to the exciting sport of sailing in a safe and controlled way.
  • Discover Yachting

    1 day
    Spend a fabulous day sailing on Sydney Harbour aboard one of our comfortable sailing yachts. This is a great way to meet new friends and have fun in the great outdoors.

Where to next?

With an RYA Dayskipper Practical certificate under your belt you are ready to put your new skills in to practice and charter a yacht in Croatia, The Greek Islands or the Whitsundays. 

You can also obtain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) from the RYA which is essential for chartering in Europe. 

The next step in your continuing yachting education is to move on to Coastal Skipper where you learn to take charge offshore. 

We also encourage our new yacht skippers to get out there and start Dinghy Sailing. This is a great way to quickly improve your wind awareness and trimming skills. 

Then its onwards and upwards towards Yachtmaster