This is a live-aboard course leading to the RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate. RYA Day Skipper certificate holders are entitled to an International Certificate for Operator of Pleasure Craft (ICC) which is generally required for charter in Europe.
The week will be broken into short passages and skills and drills. You will develop your yacht handling and seamanship skills and improve your knowledge of pilotage and navigation with expert guidance from a friendly instructor.
Wherever possible you will be given the freedom to make your own decisions as skipper. By the end of the course you will have the skills and technical knowledge to skipper a small sailing yacht with confidence.
Yacht preparation and deck work
Navigation and pilotage
Meteorology and rules of the road
Engines and maintenance
Yacht handling and passage making
You will sail around Sydney Harbour, north to Pittwater or south to Port Hacking. We plan the itinerary on the first day to take best advantage of the weather. The sailing conditions are generally excellent.
During July and August we run a small number of courses from Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. The scenery and anchorages are magnificent and the weather is generally excellent for sailing. You can expect to see dolphins, whales and of course Flying Fish!
This course will be run on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 cruiser racer yachts by an accredited RYA/AS Instructor. You live on board with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat.
If you would like to book this course as a private charter for a crew of five you pay for only four places. Please register your interest above.
Tuition, certification and logbook (if required).
Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided. We can loan you wet weather clothing if required.
Single sex shared cabin accommodation is provided for 4 nights. All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.
We provide all meals on board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.
You should expect to eat, at your own cost ashore, for one night.
We do our best to cater for both vegetarians and meat eaters.
You have spent at least one week on a sailing yacht and are confident as a crew member under supervision.
You understand the basics of pilotage and are familiar with navigation using paper charts.
Consider joining a Day Skipper Shorebased Theory course to learn navigation and chartwork in the classroom
We also recommend Day Skipper candidates hold a First Aid certificate and a Marine Radio Licence.