Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Courses

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Australian Yacht Training Program was formed in 2008 when Australian Sailing (formerly Yachting Australia) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) formed a partnership for the delivery of the RYA Cruising Scheme in Australia. The program provides internationally recognised practical on-water qualifications from "Competent Crew" through to "Yachtmaster Offshore" as well as the complementary shore based theory courses.

Contact our Sail Training Development Manager, Ian Fox at on (03) 9397 1277 or at for dates, further information and to enrol. Ian may also be contacted by mobile on 0413 615 874.

Coastal Navigation Course

The Coastal Navigation Course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, as well as those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact this course is for anyone who is interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving. The course works well in complementing the RYA practical Cruising scheme courses, and our on-the-water training, such as the Powerboat Level 2, Start Yachting and Helmsman courses. It's a highly informative course with lots of opportunities for you to put your new found knowledge into practice.

What you'll learn

At the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of:

  • The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
  • Chart symbols, distance measurement, bearings, position & speed
  • Tidal heights and streams
  • Visual aids to navigation, buoyage, lights.
  • Compass heading, variation and deviation.
  • Chart plotting techniques.
  • Electronic aids to navigation,
  • Pilotage, and passage planning


1 Full day and 2 Evenings

Cost: $380


28th (9am-5pm), 30th April (6:30-9:30pm) and 2 May (6:30-9:30pm)

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory

The Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory course is more advanced training for more experienced skippers, building on the Day Skipper course.

This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. It allows some time for revision of the basics and then moves on to advanced navigation techniques. The course will take your theory knowledge to the standard required for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore practical exams, concentrating on advanced navigation and meteorology skills. It also equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages. There will be some revision of the basics before moving on to more advanced navigation techniques.

As with the Day Skipper shore-based course, the RYA specially designed chart plotter software will be used to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation. The course will be related to Southern Hemisphere navigation resources and materials.

The course is taught over 40 hours with 3 exam papers.

What you'll learn:

  • Position fixing
  • Course shaping and plotting
  • Tidal knowledge
  • Use of almanacs and admiralty publications
  • Electronic position finding equipment
  • Taking and interpreting forecasts
  • Plotting weather systems
  • Weather predictions using a barometer and by observation
  • Collision regulations
  • Customs and excise regulations for cruising abroad


The course is taught over 40 hours with 3 exam papers