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Online Skipper Course

For boaters who want to learn to skipper their own boat whilst they refine and deepen their skill sets...

About the Online Skipper Course

This learn to skipper course features online lessons, put together with multiple video tutorials and questions, to guide you through the journey to becoming a fantastic skipper. If you want to learn more about safe navigation and practices, this online course is for you regardless of your previous boating experience. It doesn't matter whether you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, the Gold Coast or anywhere else in Australia, or even overseas - anyone can enrol in this course.

With this course, you can let your interests direct your  learning! The modular approach to online training means you can complete any lesson when you have time to focus on a particular skill.

You won't have to worry about missing a face to face class as you can work through this skipper course whenever your schedule allows, and you can also revise the content any time.

The Online Skipper Course provides mentoring along the journey of your boat ownership, whether you have Blue Water Skippering experience or are just embarking on your first coastal passages. If you're buying a boat, this course will help you become familiar with handling your boat and performing essential maintenance. Participants can ask questions throughout the course, and the implementation questions at the end of each module ensure learning is immediately put into practice. Overall, the course will teach you new techniques and skills irrespective of your experience. 

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There is a course certificate awarded once you have completed this course. Your course access remains open for the lifetime of the product to allow you to revise the units and increase your knowledge and practice skills on the water.

Learning Online

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

How do we maintain our 99% course completion rate?

The fresh approach from Above & Beyond Boating to elearning combines proven learning techniques in online learning with our experience in personalised training.
Above & Beyond Boating is committed to helping you every step of the way. We are here to ensure you feel supported while learning online. You can receive support and assistance from our dedicated course instructor over the phone, via live chat and email, or arrange a video call.
We are always seeking to improve our training course experience. We always listen to our customers feedback and update our training on a regular basis!
Our weekly updates include the latest changes in equipment, regulations, incident report recommendations and navigation technology.
Neil Driscoll is your course instructor. With extensive experience as an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor for over 20 years, Neil has delivered the full range of courses.
You can rely on a prompt reply from Neil should you need any assistance throughout the course!

What's in the course?

Embark on a comprehensive boating journey with our online skipper course, designed to equip you with essential skills and knowledge for safe and enjoyable boating experiences.
You'll delve into crucial areas such as communication protocols, navigation techniques, weather interpretation, vessel management, and boat handling through structured modules.

Learn to navigate harbours, busy waterways, and unknown locations confidently while mastering crucial tasks like anchoring, mooring, and emergency procedures like Man Overboard situations.
With a blend of theoretical learning and practical implementation suggestions, this course empowers you to become a competent skipper, capable of handling various boating scenarios with ease and confidence.
Access to resources like passage planners, vessel logbooks, and emergency action cards enhances your preparedness for any maritime adventure.
Gain insights into coastal passage making, weather forecasting, and maintenance routines to ensure your vessel's optimal performance.
Our Online Skipper Course promises to elevate your boating proficiency and enjoyment, making each journey safer and more fulfilling. 

TRIP PREPARATION

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Skippering in harbours & busy waterways
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Collision avoidance
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Manage your boat & crew on coastal passages
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Use your Dinghy
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Communications & calling for help

WEATHER & PASSAGE PLANNING

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Use routing tools and live observations
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Understand modern weather forecasts
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Manage tides and currents
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Creating contingency plans
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Planning short & long passages

BOAT HANDLING

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Manoeuvring your boat and turning in confined areas
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Anchoring & picking up a mooring buoy
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Spotting & retrieving a person overboard
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Techniques for docking & berthing in different scenarios
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Twin-engined vessel handling

BOAT SYSTEMS & MAINTENANCE

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Manage vessel servicing and maintenance
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Look after your systems: engines, water, bilges, steering, electrical, and deck hardware
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How to keep an inventory of spares and tools
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Safety audits and safety equipment
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Maintaining a boat's value

SAILING SKILLS (Optional Unit)

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Sailing upwind, downwind, and on other points of sail
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Types of sails
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Sail controls
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Trimming & handling sails
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Putting in and shaking out reefs in a sail

Who is this course for?

MONOHULLS  -  MULTIHULLS  -  MOTOR CRUISERS
The strategies you learn in this course are structured, effective and perfect for anyone who wants to take their skills to a new level, develop the skills of their family and crew, and refine their understanding of their boat's systems. If you've always wanted to take lessons but never had enough time in your schedule, then the flexibility of this online course will fit your busy lifestyle.

Our training is game changing for skippers and their crews on monohull yachts, catamarans, and motor cruisers.
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  • As a University researcher I have always been hesitant about online learning. But Neil Driscoll has proved me wrong. Despite owning boats over my life taking the Online Skipper course has been a great decision. The course has all the common sense information in one place. The video instruction makes you feel that you are sitting on a boat or in the office having a discussion with Neil.  Good value and a necessary introduction or refresher course.

     Ian Goodwin


  • "I felt I had a fair grasp of safety for myself and my guests whilst on board my boat. How wrong I was. I have taken away from the course a wide range of ideas and must-do's that will hopefully make me a better skipper and definitely make my boat a safer environment to enjoy in fair weather and foul. I recommend everybody involved in boating consider such a course as an absolute necessity."

     Ian Maclean


  • "I completed AABB's online skipper course and found the content excellent and very comprehensive. It gave me a great foundation of boating knowledge and has provided me with more confidence out on the water."

     Chrissy Martin


  • "Due largely to what I learnt and the confidence I gained from your online skipper course I was able to dock once in front of a crowd and once completely solo...Your points on planning and weather forecasts, tide influences and thinking through a process ahead of time were all super relevant. Approaching slowly with small throttle and helm movements to adjust angles were great tips. Thank you."

    David Brown

The Investment

The course takes around 7 hours in total. It is structured so you can review the material as fast or slow as you feel comfortable.

Access to the course is open for the lifetime of the product. Your course support 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 support for up to 6-months and then continue when you have more time.

Online Skipper Course
$200

AUD

Passage Planner & Vessel Logbook

Enrol today and you will receive a bonus Passage Planner & Vessel Logbook.
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