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Course information

Choose from three comprehensive sailing courses - depending on your experience - and get set for an exhilarating week of on-the-water learning in the Whitsundays.

RYA Whitsundays Sailing School courses can be run simultaneously on the same training vessel. This is a great opportunity for family and friends who may be at different sailing levels to book a berth on the training vessel on the same dates and share the experience.

Level 1 – Competent Crew

Aimed at novice sailors, this course will introduce you to cruising under sail and equip you with the skills to become an active and competent crew member. You will acquire a sound knowledge of the yacht and basic sailing techniques including rope work, mooring and how to help handle a vessel when underway.

Requirements

  • No age limit (must be accompanied by an adult if under 18).
  • No previous experience.

Level 2 – Day Skipper

This is a practical course designed for sailors with previous sailing experience who wish to take their certification to the next competency level. An internationally recognised qualification, this course is highly recommended if you are planning to sail overseas as more destinations move towards compulsory certification. You will learn deck work, navigation and passage planning and finish the course with the confidence to handle a vessel under power or sail.

Requirements

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • 5 days logged sea time.
  • 100 miles logged sea time (including 4 night hours).
  • Navigation ability.
  • Sailing ability.
  • Day Skipper theory course or equivalent knowledge and understanding.

Level 3 – Coastal Skipper

This course is for experienced sailors seeking to increase their theoretical and practical sailing and navigation skills to an advanced level. This practical course covers all the basics required to skipper a yacht further afield. On completion, you will be confident in offshore sailing and night sailing.

 Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • 15 days logged sea time (including 2 days as skipper).
  • 300 miles logged sea time (including 8 night hours).
  • Navigation ability to yacht master theory standard.
  • Sailing experience exceeding Day Skipper practical standard.

RYA theory course

RYA Whitsundays offers a classroom-based theory course for both RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coast Skipper courses at our Shute Harbour base. Generally, these courses are offered in the last week of each month to encourage students to complete the theory and practical components in consecutive weeks under the guidance of the same instructor.

Inclusions

  • Basics of seamanship.
  • Coastal navigation and pilotage.
  • Chart work.
  • Position fixing.
  • Plotting a course to steer.
  • Weather forecasting, meterology and tides.
  • Collision regulations.
  • Yacht construction, parts and equipment.
  • Emergency and safety equipment and procedures.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee.
  • Free WiFi.

Fees

RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper theory courses are $925 per person.

Contact our team to find out when courses are scheduled. Phone (07) 4948 8250 or MAKE AN ENQUIRY.

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