Recommended age 8
The yacht, ropework, underway, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing and equipment, emergency equipment and precautions, meteorology.
Certificate issuing criteria
Basic knowledge of yachting
This course is based in the Coral Sea, Whitsundays area
2 Days overnight
per person and includes all meals and accommodation onboard.
+61 402 429 152
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Yachtmaster™ Offshore is competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour.
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.
First aid training contextualised for sailors.
Do you have the urge to spend a fun time on the water or is there a special event that needs an adventurous celebration?
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.
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.
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