RYA Training (internationally recognised)
Whether you have never been on a yacht, or you just want to learn a bit more, we offer professionally run courses which will give you internationally recognised qualifications.
If you are planning to charter locally or internationally, we can offer courses which will give you the knowledge and ability to make it safe and enjoyable, as well as the certificate to present to the charter company.
Our practical courses are run on “Mohawk” a Bennetau 40.7, which is ideal for training in a safe and comfortable environment. Our training ground is the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay. All courses are run from our base at Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast.
Your instructors are RYA qualified and will ensure your learning experience is fun, and exciting. We adapt the courses to suit all learning styles and personal preferences. The accommodation and food will set the ideal learning environment to ensure that you have a fantastic week with us.
WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING PRACTICAL SAILING AND ONLINE THEORY COURSES.
If you have never sailed a yacht before but want to have a go, then Start Yachting is the course for you. This course teaches you the basics of sailing a cruising yacht and counts as two days towards your Competent Crew course.
This is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines on a cruising yacht.
This course covers the theory required to plan and complete coastal passages by day in familiar waters. It will increase your confidence about navigation and help you to sail your yacht with more confidence and certainty. It is a great way to understand how tides work and how they will affect your navigation and will help you to really sharpen your passage planning and position fixing. At the end of the course you will have covered the skills required to undertake coastal passages by day in reasonable weather conditions and in reasonably familiar areas.
The RYA day skipper practical is for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills.
Previous Experience Required - 5 days sea time, 100 miles and 4 night hours. Navigation to Dayskipper shorebased or equivalent and basic sailing ability (competent crew), minimum age for the award of the certificate is 16.
Advanced training for more experienced skippers building on the Day Skipper course. This course equips you to navigate safely on coastal and offshore passages.
Navathome Australia run Coastal Yachtmaster course.
Navathome Australia will send log in details, RYA Coastal Yachtmaster pack, RYA almanac and send the certificate on completion.
The aim of this course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. To do this well requires strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills.
The LROCP qualification allows the operator to operate both the VHF marine radiotelephony equipment and the MF/HF marine telephony equipment. The examination consists of a 50 multi-choice question paper (duration 1 hour with a 70% pass mark) and a practical component. The practical component may be conducted by either the invigilator or another person nominated by the invigilator.
RYA Diesel Engines
This course gives you an overall awareness of the main systems of a marine diesel engine. We teach you how to take simple measures to prevent mechanical breakdown at sea and to rectify defects which do not require workshop support.
Although the Diesel Engine certificate is not compulsory, you need this level of knowledge to enter a Yachtmaster exam.
The Australian Sailing Safety and Sea Survival course was developed following the fatalities of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race. This course is an essential learning forum for anyone who takes to sea, whether by sail or motor vessel, or for professional or recreational reasons. The intensive two day course aims to deliver up-to-date information and current techniques in an interactive environment. Included in the course are practical exercises where candidates will become familiar with the deployment and use of liferafts, and the use of inflatable lifejackets in a pool; plus a flare deployment practice.
The certificate awarded meets the eligibility requirements of section 6.01 of the World Sailing Offshore Special Regulations for Category 0, 1 and some Category 2 offshore races.
International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
As a skipper, you must make yourself aware of any qualifications required when visiting another country. In the countries of Europe the ICC will usually prove evidence of competence to the local authority or a charter company.
Beginners welcome to experience the Thursday Twilight Races. Find out if yachting is for you.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRACTICAL COURSES?
- 5 days of sailing (2 days for Start Yachting).
- All meals, prepared on board using fresh produce and ingredients.
- Accommodation onboard, with all bedding and towels.
- Snacks, hot drinks and filtered water.
- Fuel and marina fees.
- A great adventure on a well maintained and comfortable yacht.