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RYA Day Skipper Shorebased e-learning Course
About the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Online Course
Do you love the idea of confidently exploring new locations by boat? 
This e-learning course allows you to advance your passage planning skills using practical case studies. The online day skipper training course provides a perfect framework for preparing for your coastal sailing adventures.
We have graduates of this RYA Day Skipper online course who have taken their vessels and chartered vessels to some of the worlds most spectacular destinations after obtaining their International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Where will you go next?
If you are planning to participate in the associated sail boat practical course, then completing the online theory course beforehand will equip you with the adequate knowledge on seamanship and navigation safety to help you obtain your professional qualifications.
Course Topics
"What will I learn in the RYA Day Skipper Course?"
Understanding your safety and legal obligations as a yacht skipper
Knowing where to find weather forecasts and interpreting them
'Learning to see' through chartwork, and deciphering lights & buoyage
Avoiding collisions when sailing with the aid of traditional and modern tools, from a hand bearing compass, through to AIS alert systems and DSC calling
Escape the beaten track, learn how to navigate your yacht into secluded anchorages and be confident you are using all tools at your disposal to remain safe while you are there
Make tide your friend, understand your currents and tides and how to use them to your advantage during your adventures
Real life and practical scenarios throughout to help your understanding of the relevance and use of these skills
Practical passage planning frameworks to bring everything together
A catalyst to take the next step in achieving your boating dreams.
"The course material and online content was really good. I am off to do the practical today and I am much more confident as a day skipper than before the course."
Mark Dawson
Course Information
eLearning Structure

This e-learning course has been developed by Above & Beyond Boating to teach you the skills within the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Syllabus. There are 16 units comprising of lessons and activities. Each lesson has structured training content with review questions to provide immediate feedback. At the end of each unit there is a quiz to make sure you have understood everything. On completion of the course units, you will need to complete some online assessments to get your certificate.

The framework of the RYA Course has been used with practical Australian based case studies, pictures and examples wherever possible to ensure you finish the course feeling confident to undertake your next steps.

Duration of Learning

The course takes around 40 hours in total to complete, but it is structured so you can work at your own pace.

Previous Experience

The assumed knowledge is that you have completed RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course to set your skill foundation for this course.

We are really happy to help, and want to make sure you are on the best course for your current skills and future goals, so please check in with us if you are unsure which course is the most appropriate for you. One of our friendly staff will answer your questions when you contact us today.


Once you have completed the 16 units of study there is a general assessment and a chart work assessment paper. They are completed online and each one lasts for up to 1.5 hours. We will mark your assessment and then send your certificate.

If in the very unlikely event that you do not pass the first time, we will provide feedback with you and there is the opportunity to sit the exam again, once you feel ready.


RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Certificate.

Learning Online

Our courses have been specifically designed for an online learning experience. Enrolment in an online course presents a flexible opportunity to work through at your own pace. Our team can provide feedback, instruction and personal support over the phone, via email or face to face to help you get the answers you need. 

Supporting Materials
"What's included in the course?"
Course pack, with training materials, sent via express post within Australia and by registered airmail  for international addresses*
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Notes
RYA Training Charts & Training Almanac
Navigator's Tools: course plotter, dividers, 2B pencil & eraser. 
Personal online course user account
*You do not need to wait for the supporting materials to arrive before starting the course. You will need the navigation materials from Unit 6 onwards. 
Neil Driscoll is the course instructor. Neil has extensive experience as an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor, delivering the full range of courses, for over 20 years. If you require assistance whilst completing the course, you can contact us, and expect a prompt reply from Neil!
"The course exceeded expectations. I am happy to say that the training material was first class, professionally presented and relevant..having sailed for years, it was still worthwhile to review, renew and reinforce practical knowledge with theory. You have done a great job and I hope that many yachties, old and new, take the course in future."
Alex Curtis
The Investment

Access to the course is open for 12-months from completing the registration. If life gets too busy and you need more time, you have an option to pause your course for up to 6-months and then continue when you have more time. 

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased e-learning Course


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