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Online Skipper Course
For boat owners 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, regardless of your previous boating experience, this online course is for you. It doesn't matter whether you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, the Gold Coast or anywhere else in Australia, and even overseas - anyone can enrol in this course.

With this course, you can let your interests direct your own 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 you are just embarking on your first coastal sailing passages. If you're buying a boat, then this course will help you become familiar with handling your boat and performing basic maintenance. Overall, the course will teach you new techniques and skills irrespective of your experience. Participants have the ability to ask questions throughout the course, and the implementation questions at the end of each module ensures learning is immediately put into practice. 

There is no certificate or qualification associated with the Online Skipper Course - it is an opportunity to increase your knowledge and practice skills on your boat!

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. 

What's in the course?
TRIP PREPARATION
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Communications & calling for help
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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
WEATHER & PASSAGE PLANNING
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Understand weather forecasts
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Manage tides and currents
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Use routing tools and live observations
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Planning short & long passages
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Creating contingency plans
LEARN YOUR OWN BOAT
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Manage your own 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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Prepare racing audits and safety equipment
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Cleaning your boat
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
SAILING SKILLS
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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  -  CATAMARANS  -  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
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.

Course access is available for 12-months following enrolment. If life gets too busy, then you can pause your course and then continue when you have time. 

Online Skipper Course
$200

AUD

$250
Enrol now!
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