Complete Skipper Course for Sailors


The Complete Skipper course is a comprehensive online learning experience that will advance your pathway to becoming a confident and proficient skipper. This is our most popular online program.

Whether you want to be a Coastal Explorer, or Blue Water Skipper, the Complete Skipper course will give you the skills and knowledge to take your boat on passages in a safe and enjoyable way.


The Complete Skipper Course is a package that includes:

  • RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory Blended Learning course (Online course with 4 x Virtual sessions with RYA YM Instructor)
  • VHF Radio Course
  • Online Skipper Course

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 it out over a few weeks if life keeps you busy!


Supporting materials – Your training materials will be express posted to you.

RYA Day Skipper Shorebased course notes, 2 Training charts and the RYA training almanac.

Within the course, you can download the Complete Skipper Training book, ABB Passage Planner & Vessel Logbook.

Includes Navigators tools: course plotter, dividers, 2B pencil + eraser

The course takes around 50 hours to complete

Investment with the 4 x virtual RYA Day Skipper training evenings with RYA Yachtmaster Instructor : $1645


Advance your passage planning skills with practical case studies and interactive lessons. This course will give you the skills to confidently read and interpret charts, understand weather and tides, and prepare and manage passages on your boat. It is a perfect framework for taking your boat on longer and bolder coastal adventures.



Learn how to use a VHF Radio so you are equipped to call for help in an emergency, communicate with other vessels at sea and understand how to use various safety equipment you may have onboard. There is also the option to sit an exam to get your marine radio licence, which is a legal requirement if you carry a marine VHF radio and if you need an MMSI number.

*Licence Fee $89 to OMC, Exam and practical session $100 excluded

The assessment for the radio licence is virtual and is booked through an online calendar inside the course. The assessment includes 25 online multiple-choice questions and a practical component, which is completed all completed online. The licence is issued by the Office of Maritime Communications (OMC) and is recognised by AMSA in Australia and internationally. The VHF licence is called the SROCP.

When you book your virtual assessment, there is a fee of $100 for the assessment, which is payable at the time of booking directly to the assessment organisation Above and Beyond Boating. The SROCP does not expire. The OMC charges an $89 fee for to mark the assessment and, if you are successful in your assessment, to issue your licence. The $89 is paid directly to the OMC after you book your assessment.



The Online Skipper Course will refine your practical skills and deepen your understanding of your own boat. The modular approach to online learning features lessons put together with interactive presentations, tutorial videos and review questions. You can use this course to develop your passage planning and preparation for adventures, understand and maintain the systems on your boat, and broaden your boat handling and sailing competencies.

Modules include:

Trip Preparation – Weather and Passage Planning – Managing your own vessels servicing, safety and management – Boat Handling tips and tricks – Sailing Skills and Sail control tips and tricks


What’s next? Book in your RYA Day Skipper Practical course