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Sail training

Learn to sail, then come bareboating. We can help you obtain sailing qualifications by offering a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sailing course in the Whitsundays.

RYA Whitsundays Sailing School

Gain your RYA qualification and enjoy a week's sailing in the wonderful Whitsunday islands under the guidance of an experienced RYA instructor through RYA Whitsundays Sailing School.

MAKE AN ENQUIRY or phone our reservations office for course dates and more information, (07) 4948 8250.

Sailing courses run weekly from Monday to Friday from Hamilton Island Marina. They operate all year and are designed to equip new sailors with the skills and confidence to handle charter vessels.

Courses offered:

  • Level 1 - Competent Crew. No prior sailing experience required.
  • Level 2 - Day Skipper. Pre-requisites: five days' sea time, 100 miles logged, four night hours logged, knowledge of navigation a must, moderate sailing ability.
  • Level 3 - Coastal Skipper. Pre-requisites: 15 days' sea time (minimum two days as skipper), 300 miles logged, eight night hours logged, navigation knowledge to yacht master theory standard, sailng ability exceeding day skipper practical standard.


  • Sunday: Arrive at base at 4pm to complete paperwork and board vessel. First night in Hamilton Island Marina with free time to enjoy the resort and prepare to begin course next morning.
  • Monday 8am - Friday 5pm: Practical course guided by a qualified RYA instructor. The vessel used is a Jeanneau 44, with capacity for five students and one instructor. Prices are based on a cabin/berth rate.
  • Friday: After 5pm you are able to stay onboard for the final night once the course has been completed. This is a great opportunity to reflect on the week's achievement and socialise.
  • Saturday: Students depart vessel by 10am for their return journey. If you wish to charter a yacht in the Whitsundays for a few days to use your new skills, contact our sales team to check availability and pricing.


  •  Cabin/shared berth-style accommodation for six nights.
  •  Full provisioning for duration (Monday-Friday).
  •  Overnight berth at Hamilton Island at course start and finish.
  •  RYA course notes and log book.
  •  Five day practical course on board a Jeanneau 44 in the stunning Whitsunday islands.
  •  RYA certification at the end of the course (pending prior successful completion of the theory element and practical assessment).

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Where to get your boat licence:

Rope winch and deck beyond of a Whitsunday Rent A Yacht charter yacht

Spend a week in the Whitsundays learning to sail, then put your newfound skills into play aboard a WRAY vessel.