Day Skipper Practical Course

This course is the perfect choice for intermediate sailors looking to expand their sailing abilities and experience in coastal and offshore conditions.

This practical training course is perfect for intermediate sailors who are keen to learn to skipper and charter yachts in Sydney and all over the world! During this sailing course you will discover the pleasures and pitfalls of taking command. You will have control of the yacht for short passages during which time your instructor will be on hand to offer advice and encouragement, and to ensure that your destination is reached safely. You will experience being in command of a 40′ Beneteau yacht offshore and learn how to handle the many situations that can arise when sailing in open waters.

Course Details

In order to undertake this course, you must have completed the RYA Competent Crew certificate or equivalent, which entails at least 5 days sailing in a lesson environment or a season racing. We also recommend that you have completed or are currently undertaking the Day Skipper Shorebased Course. While undertaking our live-aboard courses, you will learn from an experienced EastSail instructor in a group of no more than 5, and have full use of Eastsail’s wet weather gear and safety equipment. After the course, you will be able to confidently skipper yachts of up to 15m in familiar waters.

Course Duration:  A minimum of 5 days live-aboard courses at Day Skipper level, which can be undertaken either as either 1 x 2 day + 1 x 3 day or 3 x 2 day or 1 x 5 day live aboard courses.

Certification requirements:

  1. A minimum of 5 days live-aboard courses at Day Skipper level.
  2. Thorough understanding and demonstration of competence in the skills taught.

Books: We recommend the RYA log book ($15) and the Day Skipper practical handbook ($25) which can be collected from the office or posted to you for a small fee.

Costs: 2 day $655,  3 day $955, 5 day $1495. We also have an advanced offer of 3 x 2 day courses including books for $1885 if paid in full in advance. These costs include all meals on board, insurance and RYA Course Completion Certificate.


  • Skipper responsibilities
  • Living aboard
  • Victualling
  • Preparation for sea and safety checks
  • Stowage and pack up
  • Safety aspects and procedures
  • Emergency situations
  • Radio Procedures
  • Maintenance and repair Work
  • Port entries and pilotage
  • Passage making and coastal navigation
  • Log keeping
  • Boat Handling under sail and power
  • Meteorology
  • Deck Work
  • Engine checks

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