About this course
The RYA Start Yachting course is an excellent introduction to sailing larger cruising yachts. Spend two days exploring the local area while you experience the joy of coastal cruising, and build your yachting skills. You will be part of a small crew led by an experienced Royal Yachting Association instructor.
During the course we develop your skills essential to build a solid and correct foundation on which to develop your knowledge and ability of sailing. Further details regarding the syllabus is detailed in the section below.
This course can also be used towards the RYA Competent Crew course, which then can be competed with two extra weekends or one three day weekend.
Take the two days to learn the essential skills and techniques of sailing, get the feel of a real yacht with a friendly and helpful instructor and have a great time on the water. We look forward to seeing you soon.
“I cannot speak highly enough of Sunshine Sailing Australia. I loved it and learn’t so much from it.”
David Wood, Sherwood
‘A great learning experience, lots of information, very capable instructors who know how to deliver.’
Ross Mitchell, Brisbane.
- How to prepare the yacht for sailing
- How to set sails, how to trim & reef sails
- How to tack & gybe
- Understand wind & weather
- Recognize relative direction to the wind & where it’s coming from
- The Rules of the Road
- The Buoyage system
- Basic knots & how to handle ropes
- Safety & safety equipment
- How to use Winches, jammers & cleats correctly
Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, a warm jumper, change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed), spray jacket. Be sure to pack this in a flexible soft bag.
Once your booking is confirmed, we will send you a complete checklist of what to bring.
Course starts at 0930. Our office is located at The Mooloolaba Marina on Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba just an hour north of Brisbane. There’s ample parking.
We will send clear directions on how to find us with your booking confirmation.
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On completiong of the course, you will receive the RYA Start Yachting certificate that confirms you have met the course requirements.
This is a 2 day practical course, starting at 9:30am on the first day, and continues the next day, finishing by 4pm. This is not a liveaboard course, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.
Courses start from Mooloolaba, Queensland. Courses with a start date in August and September start at Hamilton Island.