Online Training Courses

RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship

The RYA Online Essential Navigation and Seamanship Course is an inspiring online course for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving – or pretty much anything else on the water!

This course will give you the essential knowledge needed when you’re afloat, from navigation to safety and seamanship to passage planning. It is ideal for users of small boats such as RIBs and day boats such as those used by anglers.  It’s also a great course for those who are currently crewing on yachts and want to learn a little more before eventually progressing to the full Day Skipper courses.

Course Fee: $355

Online Skipper Course

The complete course features 35 lessons, put together with multiple video tutorials and questions to guide you through the journey to becoming a fantastic skipper.

What’s brilliant about this course, is that you can now let your interests direct your own learning. The modular approach to online learning means you can keep learning in bite-sized lessons when you have time to focus on a particular skill.

The Online Skipper Course provides mentoring along the journey of your boat ownership whether you have done multiple Sydney Hobart Yacht Races or are just embarking on your first sailing expedition. The course will teach you new techniques and skills irrespective of your experience. Participants have the ability to ask questions throughout the course, and the implementation questions at the end of each module ensures your learning is immediately put into practice.

Module 1: Preparation

Preparation of yourself, your vessel and your crew. Calling for help, avoiding collisions, inducting and managing new crew.

Module 2: Weather & Passage Planning

Passage planning and preparation for short and long voyages, weather, tides and current, provisioning, crew management, and contingency planning.

Module 3: Learn Your Own Boat

Understand, learn to check and maintain your boat’s systems. If you don’t like wasting money, that could have been avoided with appropriate care and maintenance, you will enjoy this section!

Module 4: Boat Handling

Enjoy a structured approach to boat handling. Our lessons have been put together to give you a solid skillset to handle even the most complex of manoeuvres. The tutorials set you up to stay on a path of continual skill development for docking, mooring, and include all of the critical elements for practising your man overboard recovery.

Module 5: Sailing Skills

Advance your seamanship skills and make your boat easy to handle. Even for the most experienced of skippers, the training in these modules will be a game-changer for conveying to your crew what you need them to do!

The course takes around 7 hours in total. It is structured so you can review the material as fast or slow as you feel comfortable.

Course fee: $55 per module or $220 for all 5 modules

RYA Day Skipper Online Theory

Pacific Sailing School now provides an online RYA Day Skipper Theory in partnership with Above and Beyond Boating. This gives you the flexibility to complete the course without committing several days to a classroom! Click here for more information.

The Course has been developed by Above & Beyond Boating to teach you the skills within the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Syllabus.
There are 16 units, each on has structured training with questions at the end of each lesson that provide immediate feedback. At the end of each unit there is a quiz to make sure you have understood everything.
You follow the units in from 1 – 16 and then complete the assessments online.
The framework of the RYA Course has been used with practical Australian based case studies, pictures and examples wherever possible to ensure you finish the course feeling confident to undertake your next steps.
Once you have completed the 16 units of study there is a general assessment and a chart work assessment paper. They are completed online and each one last for up to 1.5 hours. They will mark your assessment and then send your certificate.
If in the very unlikely event that you do not pass first time, they go through everything with you and give an opportunity to sit again, once you feel ready.
Your course pack will be express posted to you in Australia or registered posted to you internationally. The pack includes the RYA Day Skipper Shore-based Course Notes, 2 training charts, a training almanac, 2B pencil, eraser. You do not require the supporting materials until unit 6, so you can start studying immediately without having to wait for the pack to arrive.

Course fee: $695

Online VHF Course

On completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to complete an exam and get your VHF Radio Licence. A VHF Licence will allow you to apply for an MMSI number for your vessel. An MMSI number programmed into your radio will allow the DSC function to be used in an emergency. The MMSI number will also enable your vessel to transmit via AIS. A Radio Licence and an MMSI number is essential for everyone wishing to be safe on the water.

The course take around 4 hours to complete.

On completion of the course, your next step to gaining your Radio Licence is to complete an exam.  

Certification:– Short Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP)

Assessment:– The assessment is conducted via a video call with a multiple choice examination and practical assessment on using a VHF radio

Course fee: $155 – Payable to enrol in the course

Remote Assessment: $100 – Conducted via zoom and payable to Above & Beyond Boating when schedule the exam. This assessment fee is not included in your course enrolment.

Exam fee: $89 – Exam processing and Licence Fee is paid directly to the Office of Maritime Communications when you sit the examination. This licence fee is not included in your course enrolment.

Complete Skipper Course

The Complete Skipper course is a comprehensive online learning experience that will advance your pathway to becoming a confident and proficient skipper. Whether you want to be a Sydney Adventurer, East Coast 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 is a bundle of our leading online training courses to complement the time you spend on your boat. 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 out over a few weeks if life is keeping you busy!

The courses that make up the Complete Skipper are the VHF Radio Course, Online Skipper, and the RYA Day Skipper Shorebased.

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, Complete Skipper Training book, ABB Passage Planner & Vessel Logbook.  Navigators tools: course plotter, dividers, 2B pencil, eraser

The course takes around 50 hours to complete

Investment for 1 person: $985 (saving $140)

Investment for 2 people: $1645 (saving $605)