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Complete Skipper Sailing

Sailing Yachts and Catamarans

VHF Radio Online Course   |   Online Skipper Course   |   RYA Day Skipper Shorebased

The Complete Sailing Skipper Course

The Complete Skipper Sailing course is a comprehensive online learning experience that will advance your pathway to becoming a confident and proficient sailing boat skipper. Whether you want to sail along the coast or explore the deep blue sea, the Complete Skipper sailing course will give you the skills and knowledge to take your boat on passages in a safe and enjoyable way. 

The Complete Coastal Skipper Course is a bundle of our leading online training courses to complement the time you spend on your boat. The flexible online format allows you to choose when you want to study the course content and how long you spend completing lessons and activities. You can work through the content in a few days, or spread out over a few weeks if life is keeping you busy!

As part of your enrollment into this Complete Skipper sailing course, you will receive unlimited access to our VHF Radio, Online Skipper, and the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased courses. 

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. 

What you will learn in the complete sailing skipper course...

Passage planning & adventure preparation
Navigation & collision avoidance using modern navigational tools like GPS, AIS, and electronic chart plotters
Master using the tide & weather predictions to explore new destinations
How to handle a sailing boat under various conditions, on long and short passages
Marine communications in a modern world
Understand your boats for preventative maintenance and essential tools and spares to get safely into port
Short-handed boat handling & sailing skills
Contingency planning  & managing emergency situations

We will teach you to use VHF Radio to call for help in a distress situation and communicate with other vessels at sea. You will learn about marine communication and safety equipment you can carry on a modern sailing boat. There is also the option to sit an exam to get your radio licence if you need an MMSI number. 

The Online Skipper Course will refine your practical skills and deepen your understanding of sailing boats. The modular approach to online learning features lessons with interactive presentations, tutorial videos and review questions. This course will develop your passage planning and preparation for sailing adventures. We teach you how to understand and maintain a sailing boat. The course will broaden your sailing boat handling and seamanship competencies. 

Learn seamanship, passage planning, and navigation through a modern lens. The course will immerse you in vigilant seamanship, where respect for the sea's dynamism and unpredictability is paramount. You'll delve deep into the essence of weather patterns and navigation, equipping yourself with the knowledge to read the ocean's signs and navigate its challenges. 

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!

International Certificate of Competence (ICC)

If you are seeking your sailing skipper licence, this is a perfect framework. You can complete your sailing certification online.

The Complete Skipper Course package, which includes the RYA Day Skipper Course and VHF Radio course, is the best way to prepare for European adventures.

Our comprehensive package not only prepares you for your skipper licence but also enhances your seamanship skills. This training is invaluable, boosting your confidence in handling and skippering larger vessels.

This preparation is invaluable for a successful International Certificate of Competence (ICC) assessment, for getting the most out of a Day Skipper practical course, and, of course, for your future bareboating adventures.

  • "Great way to learn, at my own pace and able to go back over subjects to fully understand the concepts. Any questions I had, Neil would answer straight away. I’m well on my way to becoming a competent skipper thanks to Above & Beyond Boating."

    Karen Kector

  • "The training material and online delivery is fantastic - its a great way to complete your theory work before or after practical application. I look forward to completing more online course with Above and Beyond Boating."

    Clinton Waters

  • "Awesome well laid out courses, practical videos and proactive support really enhances the RYA program for local context. Nice to see professional locals sharing their practical knowledge in a helpful learning environment"

    Andrew Pomroy

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 VHF Radio Course, RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course, and Online Skipper Course — learn seamanship, passage planning, and passage-making through a modern lens. Navigate confidently in today's electronic-first era, mastering digital communications and interactive weather forecasting. Embrace a modern learning approach while solidifying your foundation in navigation, meteorology, and marine communication 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.
Enrol today and access all of these bonus resources
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Passage Planner & Vessel Logbook, this is your go to resource for preparing for and going on all of your boating adventures.
Complete Skipper Training Book so you can create your own procedures for any boat you skipper. This is only available to students in our Complete Skipper Course
Emergency action card set. This is will help you simplify your boat inductions and safety briefings and keep your key information immediately available to you in an emergency

The Investment

Takes around 50 hours to complete
Supportive online learning & comprehensive supporting materials
Flexible participation options
Feedback, instruction & personal support
Access to courses for the lifetime of the product. 12 months course support, with an option of a 6 month break at anytime in the 12 months.
VHF Radio course, Online Skipper Course and RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course
Qualification: RYA Day Skipper Shore based
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Experience For Boat Insurance

The Complete Skipper Course is also an opportunity to showcase your dedication to safety, seamanship, and training, which is critical for insurance companies in a modern environment, especially for larger vessels and first-time boat owners, to be able to demonstrate experience for boat insurance.

The Rules of ABB...

Go on adventures
Use what you have
Never compromise on safety
Leave your comfort zone
Look after your boat and she'll look after you
Continually develop your skills
Keep It Simple Skipper! 

Improve your skills, increase your safety, and use your boat more!

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