TRAINING

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.

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WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING PRACTICAL SAILING AND ONLINE THEORY COURSES.

1RYA START YACHTING COURSE

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.

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2RYA 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.

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3RYA ON-LINE DAYSKIPPER THEORY COURSE

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.

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4RYA DAYSKIPPER- 5 DAY COURSE, OR THREE, TWO DAY WEEKENDS, OR A TWO DAY WEEKEND AND A THREE DAY WEEKEND

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.

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5RYA ON-LINE COASTAL SKIPPER / YACHTMASTER OFFSHORE THEORY COURSE.

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.

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6RYA COASTAL SKIPPER PRACTICAL COURSE

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.

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7RYA YACHTMASTER PREP / EXAM

The Yachtmaster™ Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour.

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8MARINE RADIO (LROCP)

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.

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9RYA DIESEL ENGINE COURSE

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.

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10SEA SAFETY AND SURVIVAL

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.

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11ICC COURSE AND ASSESSMENT

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.

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13PRIVATE CHARTERS

Do you have the urge to spend a fun time on the water or is there a special event that needs an adventurous celebration?

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14 THURSDAY TWILIGHT RACES (cancelled until further notice)

Beginners welcome to experience the Thursday Twilight Races. Find out if yachting is for you.

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15OWN BOAT TUITION

If you have just bought a boat, or even if you have owned one for years, we can spend time training you (and your crew) on your own boat.

We also help to set up systems and procedures to make your sailing easier and safer.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRACTICAL COURSES?
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ABOUT US

Mainstay Sailing, through its owners, directors and all its staff will deliver the highest level of training and services to its customers and associates. We will keep up to date with the latest available equipment and technology, and share the information and knowledge to improve the enjoyment and safety in sailing, cruising and in boating in general. We will do our best to make it fun and interesting and stimulate a spirit of adventure in the process. We will tailor our teaching style and methods to cater for persons of all abilities and learning styles.

TERENCE SMITH

PRINCIPAL & CHIEF INSTRUCTOR