This is an intensive course covering advanced coastal navigation techniques including – position fixing, course shaping and plotting, tidal knowledge and use of charts and other navigational publications and the correct, safe use of the GPS. 

The meteorology tuition includes the taking and interpretation of forecasts, plotting of weather systems and weather prediction using barometers and by observation. Students are shown how to use this information when planning and executing passage plans. Other subjects covered in detail include – safety, yacht construction and maintenance and the collision regulations. 

At the end of the course students are examined on all subjects covered in the course and those who are successful are issued with a course completion certificate. 

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
  • Previous Experience

    Knowledge to Day Skipper standard

  • Course Duration

    40-60 Hours home study or 40 hours in classroom

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Coastal Skipper Theory certificate

An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

What you will learn:

  • Safety 
  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 
  • Definition of Position, Course and Speed 
  • Navigational Charts and Publications 
  • Navigational Drawing Instruments 
  • Application of variation 
  • Chartwork and Navigation – Traditional and Electronic 
  • Advanced Tides and Tidal Streams 
  • Visual Aids to Navigation 
  • Meteorology 
  • Passage Planning 
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility 
  • Pilotage 

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