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Learn to sail first!

WRAY briefer, skipper, and all-round nautical expert, Mike Dicker, blogs about the Whitsundays from his unique on-the-water perspective.

Imagine yourself standing at the helm of a 40-foot yacht in the middle of the Whitsundays. How do you feel? Exhilarated? Excited? Or a little intimidated?

The best way to prevent pre-charter nerves is to undergo some sail training. It’ll put your mind at ease and equip you with valuable knowledge that can make all the difference when you’re out at sea.

Even if you’ve chartered before, you’ll be amazed by how much more there is to learn about sailing.

The Royal Yachting Association provides globally recognised sailing certificates at various levels, starting from Competent Crew, Day Skipper to Coastal Skipper.

These courses are run and recognised all over the world, including in the Whitsundays – arguably the best training ground for beginner sailors.

You’ll learn how to read the wind, anchor, moor, navigate, follow compass bearings, navigate at night and more.

You’ll be taught a range of safety skills, such as the correct procedure for a man-overboard, how to correctly tie knots, how to check the engine and use the safety tender. You’ll also learn how to read charts and plot courses, and how to operate the VHF radio.

RYA courses are five-day, live-aboard courses. Not only do you end up with a certification at the end, you’ll have spent a week at sea on a yacht, with fellow sailing enthusiasts.

You’re taught by highly experienced qualified RYA instructors, and you won’t just be watching. You’ll be at the helm calling the shots. Now that’s my kind of classroom!

So, if you’re planning a bareboat charter in the wonderful Whitsundays, take a look at the sail training information on our website get set to cast off and sail in confidence.

Happy sailing!

Cheers, Mike

Learning to sail with Whitsunday Rent A Yacht

Learning to sail will put your mind at ease for your Whitsunday bareboating adventure.