RYA Accredited Sailing Courses

RYA TRAINING COURSES

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 Whitsundays in Queensland. All courses are run from our base at Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach.

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.
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RYA START YACHTING COURSE - 2 days, 1 night

This is for beginners. 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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Ladies only sailing course- learn to crew, skipper or just have fun!

You’re invited to join us on an exclusive 3-day ladies only sailing course that teaches you how to crew, skipper and boat handling skills. It doesn’t matter if you have no experience, we will show you the ropes! This course aims to teach you what you need to know so that your days spent on the water are safe and enjoyable.

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RYA 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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RYA 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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RYA DAYSKIPPER- 5 DAY COURSE

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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RYA 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.

Above & Beyond Australia run Coastal Yachtmaster course.
Above & Beyond Australia will send log in details, RYA Coastal Yachtmaster pack, RYA almanac and send the certificate on completion.

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RYA 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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RYA 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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MARINE RADIO LICENCE and EXAM( HF & VHF )

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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RYA 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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SEA 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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ICC 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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HLTAID011 PROVIDE FIRST AID

First aid training contextualised for sailors.

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PRIVATE 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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Boat handling course

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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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

WHAT WE OFFER

Whether you want to be a master skipper or desire a romantic getaway sailing amongst turquoise blue tropical seas and islands, we have what you want. We specialise in personal service coupled with years of expertise to get you back to life as it should be.

Sustainable Sailing

Sustainable Sailing

You’re a young, active person who takes sustainability to heart. You refuse plastic bags in a store, and carry your own reusable water bottle.

RYA Courses

RYA Courses

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.

Safety & Sea Survival Course

Safety & Sea Survival Course

The Safety & Sea Survival course involves classroom presentations & learning activities, and practical exercises in the use of liferafts, inflatable lifejackets & distress flares.

RYA accredited 5 nights sail training trip

RYA accredited 5 nights sail training trip

This is the trip you have been waiting for! Imagine a romantic trip amongst the Whitsunday tropical islands while you learn the basics of sailing.

REVIEWS

John Paul Scholes

Outstanding experience!

Day skipper / Competent Crew Course 25-30 January 2021 From the moment Sheree and I arrived, Terence and Ron were friendly, welcoming, funny and encouraging. Terence’s vast experience and knowledge was reassuring, and his advice, tips and tricks really helped throughout the course. The food was above and beyond expectations. We all left wanting to replicate the menu and flavours that Terence seemed to produce effortlessly. Mohawk is a handsome boat and very comfortable to live and sail in. Under the expert guidance of Terence, his calm, steady manner, sage advice and humour relaxed our nerves and created a great learning environment. I can think of no better place to learn to sail than the Whitsundays, it was simply stunning. I highly recommend Mainstay Sailing. Terence and Ron are not just teaching people to sail, they are creating community through a shared love of sailing and the sea. I look forward to dropping by again to further my experience and am sure will stay in contact with fellow course crew mates; Fred and Catrin. We were a happy crew and became friends through shared experience. ‘If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea’ - The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Bruno Ribeiro Profeta

An amazing experience with amazing people

Terence (the instructor) and Ron were just the Men. Terence is a very dedicated, attentive, patient and super experienced Mentor. I did my RYA Competent Crew course with him in January 2021, and it was a blast. It was amazing to discover many different places I had never been to on the Whitsundays, sail under a storm, learn lots and lots of theory and practice, eat Terence's amazing food (that paella....!) and listen to everyone's stories. What an inspiring trip with only great people! I'm strongly thinking about keeping up with the courses to become a proper Sailor. It's definitely a must for everyone who is considering learning about the Sea and all the amazing things it brings with it. These guys have you.

James Hackney

Great Sailing, Great Company, Great Food

I completed my Coastal Skipper course with Terrence during August 2020. Whilst the world is in uncertain times, Terrence remained flexible around the border restrictions and dates of the course. When we made it up to QLD, Terrence made us feel very welcome and comfortable in his presence. This carried on through the week where the sailing was awesome, food was even better and the whole experience was 10/10. As an extremely experienced instructor Terrence shared a lot of insights into what blue water cruising is really about, and how we should look to make preparations above and beyond the RYA syllabus. I will be keeping my eye peeled for more opportunities to do some mile builders with Terrence in the near future.Thanks for an awesome week!

Rebecca Evans

Zero to Hero - I'm a sailor now!

I arrived in Airlie with no previous experience in sailing - I came away competent and qualified and loved the experience! Terence is an incredibly patient and thorough teacher (despite a few of my wobbles). I would recommend this to anyone looking to learn something new whilst adventuring around one of the most beautiful spots around! We will be back to flex our new skills - thanks Terence & the Mainstay team!

Tony

Absolute Best!!!

I cannot say enough about how great an experience I’ve had with Terence and Mohawk!!! I completed the Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and LROCP courses with Mainstay and I will do more!! Terence is fun, funny, professional and most of all, patient. His teaching style is easy going, but super thorough. Mohawk is an exceptional sailing vessel, very well equipped and safe beyond measure. You cannot do better than learning to sail with Terence at Mainstay Sailing!!!

Adrian Comiskey

Epic experiences with a Master Sailor!

Words cannot do justice to the joy, experience and wisdom that Terence gives through his love of sailing, or his superb level of teaching and training with Mainstay Sailing. With his expert guidance, I have been able to realise my own dreams through the RYA Dayskipper, and also share this amazing learning experience with my 13 year old daughter, who Terence coached with great compassion and patience as she grew through her fears. This shared sailing adventure has created a beautiful bond and sense of adventure that has made our lives so much richer-I’m eternally grateful! I can’t wait to continue sailing and learning with Mainstay all the way to Yachtmaster level, out of the rat race and onto the seven seas, ahoy!

FAQ's

Who is the RYA?

The Royal Yachting Association is the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.

Our internationally renowned training schemes steer 250,000 yacht sailors, power boaters, small craft leisure boaters, windsurfers and canal boaters towards confident and successful boating every year.

So whether your end goal is to spend more quality down time on the water, to travel, to compete, to work, or to advance your career; there’s a course for you.

Our ethos

Our escapades bring you back to the fundamentals of life. Spending a few days on a boat brings out the best in human nature. Living and working together we talk a lot, laugh a lot, and put the world to rights. It is more than an escape from the complexity of life ashore; the fresh air, natural adrenalin and outdoor activity give your body a good physical detox too.

How about vessel deliveries?

We have the knowledge and skills to safely deliver your boat to its new port.

We respect the trust owners place on us. Years of blue water sailing experience has ensured that careful preparation, regular watch keeping and making sure the boat is safe at all times is essential for the safety of the people on board and the yacht.

At the same time we can provide tuition for you and your crew during the planning of the passage and the actual delivery itself. Extra crew can be arranged if required.There are four stages to a delivery exercise – preparation, leaving port, passage making and arrival with debrief

Charters for a couple?

The ultimate getaway for 2! Yacht charters and sailing cruises are one of the best ways to experience beauty of the Whitsundays. Choose from romantic overnight yacht charters for two, sailing cruises with meals and drinks, hands-on sailing trips or something with a touch of luxury. Once out on the glittering waves you'll see why we think yacht charters and sailing cruises are such a treat!

Payments

Payments are taken prior to course or charter start. We have payments plans to make it easier for you.