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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 boating adventures.
We have graduates of this RYA Day Skipper online course who have taken their vessels and chartered vessels to some of the world's most spectacular destinations after obtaining their International Certificate of Competence (ICC). Where will you go next?
Suppose you plan to participate in the associated RYA Day Skipper practical course for motor cruising or sailing. In that case, completing this online theory course beforehand will equip you with more than adequate knowledge of seamanship and navigation safety to help you obtain your professional qualifications.

Course Topics

"What will I learn in the RYA Day Skipper Boating Course?"
Understanding your safety and legal obligations as a 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 boat 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.

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  • "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

  • "I recently completed the RYA Day Skipper course through AABB. I found it very informative and I certainly have a lot more knowledge now and look forward to applying the skills I have learned . I would highly recommend AABB to anyone looking to expand their navigational and marine knowledge. Thankyou AABB."

    Ian Baillie

  • "I recently undertook the online RYA Day Skipper theory course. The content of the course was excellent and I enjoyed the course from start to finish. I would normally say that any online course , compared to face to face is always second best, but this course and Neil's support if you need it, fitted my requirements perfectly to not only pass the course, but to understand the content . Looking forward now to applying my new knowledge on a boat."

    James Huxley

  • "I took my Day Skipper theory with Neil and the team at Above and Beyond Boating. The course was done via their online learning tools and it was a great experience. I found the e-learning provided a high degree of flexibility while still delivering an interesting and enjoyable learning experience. I highly recommend."

    Rowan Spinks

Course Information

eLearning Structure

Above has developed this e-learning course & Beyond Boating to teach you the skills within the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Syllabus. There are 16 units comprising 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. Upon completing the course units, you will need to complete some online assessments to get your certificate.

The framework of the RYA Day Skipper Online Theory 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 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 . 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 to 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 at your own pace. Our team can provide feedback, instruction and personal support to help you get the answers you need. 

Supporting Materials

"What's included in the course?"
Navigation training materials, sent via express post within Australia and by registered airmail  for international addresses*
Gain lifetime access to the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course — learn seamanship, passage planning, and navigation through a modern lens. Navigate confidently in today's electronic-first era, mastering interactive weather forecasting. Embrace a modern learning approach while solidifying your foundation in navigation, meteorology, and seamanship principles.
RYA Training Charts & Training Almanac. These resources have been developed to give you exposure to the skippering challenges you could encounter anywhere your qualification could take you. You will experience changes in buoyage systems, time zones, extreme tidal flows, navigate under bridges and over sand bars. These resources are yours to keep and contribute to an  unrivalled learning experience.
Navigator's Tools: course plotter, dividers, 2B pencil & eraser so that you're equipped for your next adventure and beyond.
Personal online course user account, with a grade book and unlimited opportunity to return to lessons and reinforce your learning, even once you have completed a unit or passed the final assessments.
*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. 

Become a Certified Skipper with Our RYA Day Skipper Theory Course Online

Your Path to Certification
This course opens the door to confidently skippering a recreational vessel. The RYA Day Skipper licence is your first step towards this goal, leading to eligibility for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) 
Start with this RYA Day Skipper Theory Course
This self-paced online program lays the foundational knowledge for handling a boat under various conditions during passages. Despite having "day" in the name, the course offers comprehensive training, covering both modern navigational tools like GPS, AIS, and electronic chart plotters, as well as traditional hard copy navigation materials. 
Your next step is to go boating
After completing the theory course, you can choose between a short assessment for experienced skippers or a comprehensive 5-day Practical Course at an RYA-approved centre. We are an e-learning company; we have excellent partner RYA practical training centres across Australia and New Zealand who can advise on their practical Day Skipper Course cost and availability.
If your goal is to obtain the ICC for sail or power, our Complete Skipper Course is the perfect package. It includes the Day Skipper Theory Course, a VHF radio course, and the Online Skipper Course – combining theory with practical skills for a comprehensive learning experience. Whether you're into sailing or motor cruising, we have packages to prepare you for a wide range of boating scenarios.
Above & Beyond Boating is an RYA Training Centre. 

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!
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!

Passage Planner & Vessel Logbook

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

The Investment

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. 

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased e-learning Course


Enrol in the course now!

Essential Navigation & Seamanship Course
Add the Online Skipper Course for just $220.00 (AUD). 
Online Skipper Course
Add the Online Skipper Course for just $200.00 (AUD). 
VHF Radio Course (SROCP)
Add the VHF Radio e-learning course for just $135.00 (AUD). 

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