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About the 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 Local 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. 

What you will learn...
Passage planning & adventure preparation
Navigation & collision avoidance
Tide calculations & weather forecasts
Managing safety of the boat at sea
Communications & calling for help
Learning your own boat
Boat handling & sailing skills
Person overboard & emergency situations

Learn how to use a VHF Radio so you are equipped to 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 radio licence if you need an MMSI number.


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. Learn more. 


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 more. 

"Found it very well presented with a good explanation of concepts. Quiz at the end of each chapter was challenging enough to cement the material in the mind. Neil is very quick to respond to any questions. It took me a few weeks on and off to complete the course at my own pace, fitting in with other commitments"
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Daniel Kerry

Neil runs fantastic training for cruisers and racers alike. His passion for safety at sea is evident and he espouses knowledge and shares his vast experience making the training relevant and experiential where possible. I would definitely recommend Neil and Above and Beyond Boating to all yachties.
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Emily McCutcheon

I have done a lot of sail-boat racing in my life in various countries. Neil put this experience into a coherent framework with a disciplined approach to trip planning and anticipation increasing my confidence and competence. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone who really wants to learn full on salt-water navigation.
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Phillip Grove

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Supporting materials
Course pack, with training materials, sent  by registered post and airmail for international addresses*
RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course Notes
2 x RYA Training Charts & RYA Training Almanac
Complete Skipper Training Book (download)
ABB Passage Planner & Vessel Logbook (download)
Navigator's Tools: course plotter, dividers, 2B pencil & eraser
Learning Online

Our courses have been specifically designed for an online learning experience. Enrolment in an online course presents a flexible opportunity to work through at your own pace. Our team can provide feedback, instruction and personal support over the phone, via email or face to face to help you get the answers you need. 

The Investment
Takes around 50 hours to complete
Supportive online learning & comprehensive supporting materials
Flexible participation options
Feedback, instruction & personal support
Access to courses for 12 months
VHF Radio course, Online Skipper Course and RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Course
Savings: 10% discount on annual premiums with Topsail
Qualification: RYA Day Skipper Shorebased
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The Rules of ABB...
Go on adventures
Use what you have
Never compromise on safety
Leave your comfort zone
Look after your boat and she'll look after you
Continually develop your skills
Keep It Simple Skipper! 

Improve your skills, increase your safety and use your boat more!

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