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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.

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.


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

Compulsory to bring

  • RYA Competent Crew Skills Book
  • Yacht Master Scheme Syllabus & Logbook


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.


  • 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

Compulsory to bring

  • RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes
  • Yacht Master Scheme Syllabus & Logbook
  • Passport Photo (for certificate)


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.


  • 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

Compulsory to bring

  • Yacht Master Scheme Syllabus & Logbook
  • Passport Photo (for certificate)



Practical Course Fee

$1,980.00 AUD per person.  This fee does not include any theory components or course books.

Theory Component 

RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper theory courses can be done through Above & Beyond Boating.

Compulsory Course Books

Course book prices range from $25.00 - $35.00 AUD and can be purchased through Boat Books Australia.

Competent Crew Course: RYA Competent Crew Skills book

Day Skipper Course: RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes

All Courses: Yacht Master Scheme Syllabus & Logbook


Contact our team to find out availability.  Phone 1800 075 000 or MAKE AN ENQUIRY.

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Learn to sail in the Whitsundays and you'll be better prepared for a skipper-yourself adventure.