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 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.

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RYA 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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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, 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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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.

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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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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HLTAID003 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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OWN 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

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.

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.

2 day sail training trip

2 day sail training trip

Join our super friendly crew and discover the Whitsunday Islands on a 2 day/1 night sailing adventure aboard Mohawk

Week long sail Training trip

Week long 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.

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.

REVIEWS

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!

brian ryder

Coast to Coast Constructions

Great Course

Can't recommend Terence and Mainstay highly enough. I want to thank Terence for his patience and encouragement with my Day Skipper course which I now have under my belt. I hope to continue and do Coastal next. Thanks for all the great meals and company on "Mohawk" too!

Tobes Merriman

RYA Day Skipper with Mainstay Sailing

Last year I did my RYA Day Skipper Course with Terrence and Mainstay Sailing. Over the course of one year spent in Australia, this was one of the highlights. I’m sure I won’t be able to articulate all the details that made it such a great experience, but I’ll give it a go. 1. Terrence is a great instructor. He has many years of experience on the water and this shows. As well as being able to answer very specific questions about seamanship and navigation, his answer usually comes with a good story too. 2. Terrence is also very generous with his time, and the use of his yacht. His passion for getting people on the water, enjoying sailing, really shines through. Therefore, he will go above and beyond to offer you the time and experience that you need. 3. The sailing area around Gold Coast is beautiful, with lots of interesting nooks and crannies to explore. We were also lucky enough to go to Tasmania, which was amazing. 4. You’d never think you’d be able to eat so well on a yacht. Terrence is an excellent cook and he makes sure you are well filled while you are on your trip. I’m sure there is more that I’ve missed out. However, the general gist is that I couldn’t recommend this enough.