This is very much a hands-on course designed to teach practical skippering and seamanship techniques.  It is therefore a requirement that you complete either the RYA Essential Navigation & Seamanship or RYA Day Skipper theory course before enrolling to then put your knowledge into practice on the water. 

Your experienced RYA instructor will guide you through the necessary steps to taking charge and managing all aspects of sailing a yacht on short passages, including; navigation, meteorology, seamanship, sail handling, crew management and much more.  Fellow crew members will likely be undertaking the Competent Crew therefore, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills as the master of the vessel.

This is a live aboard course, experiencing life at anchor and night sailing.  Scroll down to see a list of the modules that the instructor will be working through.

At the completion of your certificate, you will be confident to skipper a cruising yacht on short passages by day.  Students with successful completion are awarded the RYA Day Skipper licence which can be used to charter sailing yachts in many countries around the world as well as being a ‘must have’ for many insurance companies for yacht owners.  

This course will also enable you to apply for the ICC (International Certificate of Competence) and is required by most European countries to validate your competence to own or charter a boat.  The ICC, obtained by presenting your RYA Day Skipper certificate, will cover sailing yachts up to 24 meters in length in coastal waters.  

Prior experience needed: To the level described in our RYA Competent Crew course.


Brisbane year round & Whitsundays June - Oct
2-day Weekend
3-day Weekend
  • Previous Experience

    Sailing ability:  5 days onboard a sailing vessel, 100 NM logged and 4 night hours. Can be obtained by participation in RYA Competent Crew.
    Navigation and theory knowledge to Day Skipper Theory or
    RYA Essential Navigation Theory

  • Course Duration

    5 days consecutively (Mon-Fri)
    3 weekends (not necessarily consecutive and can be spanned out to a maximum duration of 12 months)

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Day Skipper with the ability to apply for ICC directly with the RYA

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 will you learn: 

  • Preparation for Sea – including engine checks, securing & stowage
  • Deck work – prepare anchor, mooring & slipping from a buoy or an alongside berth
  • Navigation & passage making – follow on from theory
  • Pilotage – planning & execution for entry & departure from a harbour
  • Meteorology – Forecasting and barometer reading
  • Rules of the Road – Collision Regulations
  • Maintenance 
  • Engine – Checks, fuel, basic troubleshooting
  • Victualling – food preparation
  • Handling Under Power and Sail
  • Emergency Situations – radio usage, life raft, securing a tow
  • Night cruising

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