RYA Courses



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


Coastal Navigation Course

This course offers a great introduction to navigation and safety awareness for new or inexperienced skippers and crew, and those wanting to refresh their skills. In fact it's for anyone interested in sailing, motor boating, sea angling or diving, and 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. 

Topics covered include

  • 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 

Next Course: 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th and 21st Sept


Cost $380

Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory 


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.


This 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.

As with the Day Skipper shorebased course, the RYA specially designed chart plotter software will be used during the course to give you a realistic taste of modern electronic navigation.

Students in the southern hemisphere can take advantage of the southern hemisphere version of our training materials, ensuring that your course is relevant to you.

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

Course topics include:

  • 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


Next course


To enrol please contact

Ian Fox


9397 1277