The RYA Day Skipper Shorebased (Theory) Course Syllabus is a comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to start making decisions on board. 

Students are taught the basics of coastal navigation and pilotage covering chart work, position fixing, plotting a course to steer, weather forecasting, tides and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. Also covered is the construction, parts and equipment of a yacht, emergency and safety equipment and procedures (such as distress calls, use of flares, safety harnesses, and life jackets) 

This course gives students sufficient knowledge to undertake the RYA Day Skipper practical course and assessment. It is also ideal for anyone contemplating a bareboat charter holiday or considering buying their own boat. 

You will be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Shore-based certificate on completion of your course. 

Some practical experience is desirable but not essential. 

Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
  • Previous Experience

    RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

  • Course Duration

    40-60 Hours home study or 40 Hours in classroom

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Day 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: (Course Syllabus) 

  • Nautical Terms 
  • Ropework 
  • Anchor work 
  • 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 
  • Tides and Tidal Streams 
  • Visual Aids to Navigation 
  • Meteorology 
  • Passage Planning 
  • Navigation in Restricted Visibility 
  • Pilotage 
  • Marine Environment 

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